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The Taming of the Shrew
- Elizabeth Taylor

Overview - Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in this earthy, robust version of the classic Shakespeare comedy, which was director Franco Zeffirelli's first film. Michael York plays Lucentio, the young student who falls for comely Bianca (Natasha Pyne) and must recruit Petruchio (Burton) to wed her wild and violent older sister (Taylor) before their father will allow Bianca to entertain suitors.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in this earthy, robust version of the classic Shakespeare comedy, which was director Franco Zeffirelli's first film. Michael York plays Lucentio, the young student who falls for comely Bianca (Natasha Pyne) and must recruit Petruchio (Burton) to wed her wild and violent older sister (Taylor) before their father will allow Bianca to entertain suitors. Watching two larger-than-life lovers like Burton and Taylor slug it out in their hilarious scenes of "courtship" is something even those with no fondness for Shakespeare can truly relish.

Cast List

Nino Rota - Composer, AMARCORD, THE GODFATHER
Nino Rotta - Composer, AMARCORD, THE GODFATHER
Elizabeth Taylor - Oscar winning actress, GIANT, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Liz Taylor - Oscar winning actress, GIANT, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Alan Webb - British Character Actor
Vernon Dobtcheff - Character Actor
Roy Holder - British Supporting Actor
Franco Zeffirelli - Italian Director/Screenwriter
Richard Burton - Welsh Actor, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, CLEOPATRA
Richard Walter Jenkins Jr. - Welsh Actor, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, CLEOPATRA
Suso Cecchi D'Amico - Writer
Suso Cecchi D'Amico - Writer
Michael Hordern - British Character Actor
Sir Michael Hordern - British Character Actor
John De Cuir - Production Designer
John DeCuir - Production Designer
Alfred Lynch - British Actor
Victor Spinetti - Character Actor
Carlo Savina - Italian Composer
Paul Dehn - British Writer/Song Lyricist
Luciano Trasatti - Italian Director Of Photography
Carlo Fabianelli - Italian Editor
William Shakespeare - Sixteenth century English playwright/poet
Peter Taylor - British Editor, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1967)
Oswald Morris - British DOP - "Lolita", "The Man Who Would Be King"
Danilo Donati - Costume & Production Designer, worked with Fellini, Pasolini
Elven Webb - Art Director
Giuseppe Mariani - Italian Art Director

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 122
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396011090
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: January 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Romance
Stage Play
Racy
Recommended
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Synopsis:
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor bring gusto and ferocity to their roles as Katherine and Petruchio in this quintessential battle of the sexes, a vibrant adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play. When young student Lucentio (Michael York) wanders into the town of Padua, he promptly falls for the beautiful Bianca (Natasha Pyne), but before Bianca's father will let her be courted, he insists her wild, angry, older sister, Katherine (Taylor) be married. Undaunted, Lucentio and the other would-be suitors of Bianca hit upon the idea of hiring tipsy, flea-bitten nobleman Petruchio (Burton) to step up and woo the untamable "shrew." The roles of these battling lovers are perfectly suited to Burton and Taylor, whose passionate and publicized love affair was in full flower at the time. This makes it a fitting follow-up to their earlier co-starring vehicle, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, and a glorious chance to see two larger-than-life stars having at each other with unfettered glee. The realistic period detail is lovingly photographed by Luciano Trasatti, while Nina Rota contributes a lively score. This was the directorial debut of Franco Zeffirelli, and it's Shakespeare with real zest; a treat to both scholars and film-lovers everywhere.

Notes:
Theatrical release: March 8, 1967. THE TAMING OF THE SHREW was the directorial debut for Franco Zeffirelli and the screen debut for British actor Michael York. "Come on and kiss me, Kate."--Petruchio (Richard Burton) to Katherine (Elizabeth Taylor)

Reviews:
"...Burton roars through his role...while Taylor is suitably haughty..." - 06/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.62

 
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