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The Merchant of Venice (1916 film)

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The Merchant of Venice
Directed byWalter West
Written byWilliam Shakespeare (play)
Produced byWalter West
Release date
  • 1916 (1916)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Merchant of Venice is a 1916 British silent drama film directed by Walter West and starring Matheson Lang, Hutin Britton, Ernest Caselli. It is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice.

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The film was made by Broadwest. The company hired the complete stage cast of the play and filmed at Walthamstow Studios using largely natural light.[1] The film marked the screen debut of Matheson Lang who went on to become one of the leading British actors of the 1920s. It was not a success.[2]



  1. ^ Bamford, Kenton. Distorted Images: British National Identity and Film in the 1920s. I.B. Tauris, 1999. p. 55.
  2. ^ Low, Rachael (2005). The History of British Film (Volume 3): The History of the British Film 1914 - 1918. Routledge. p. 295. doi:10.4324/9781315005713. ISBN 0415679885 – via Google Books.

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