merchantcolorFresno State’s CineCulture film series presents “The Merchant of Venice” at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Peters Education Center Auditorium.

In the late 16th century the greatest playwright of the Western world, William Shakespeare, wrote a play that still shocks the world today – “The Merchant of Venice.” This exciting story is one of the first plays where a woman becomes the hero of the action because of her brains and not because of her femininity. Why was this play called a “comedy” in Shakespeare’s day is dramatically revealed after the performance of this wonderful play, brought to life by one of America’s greatest film actors, Al Pacino; costarring Jeremy Collins and Lyn Collins.

The film is being shown in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice, where the word “ghetto” originated in 1516. The film screening is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Certificate Program and the Jewish Studies Association.

Dr. Ed EmanuEl, professor of theatre arts at Fresno State, will lead the post-screening discussion. Rated R, 131 minutes. All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays. Visit http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/ for full details.

INFO: Dr. Mary Husain at mhusain@csufresno.edu or visit the CineCulture website. See original press release: bit.ly/2bDTqt8