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The Taming of the Shrew

  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • 1967
  • Franco Zeffirelli
  • 116 mins
  • U

Summary

Shakespeare's battle-of-the-sexes comedy starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Padua in the late 16th century: rich merchant Baptista declares that his young daughter Bianca must remain unwed until her older sister Katharina is married. However, Bianca's chances of matrimony seem doomed as Katharina is a fiery shrew who has no intention of being anyone's wife. That is, until the arrival of gold-digging reprobate Petruchio...

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

It was made at the height of one of their violent love affairs, and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor breathe their own personal life into Shakespeare's not so politically correct battle-of-the-sexes tale. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli - who would return to the Bard with Romeo and Juliet (1968) and Hamlet (1990) - the film opts for colourful action over well-wrought articulation. With its ravishing photography, impressive sets and costumes, it's certainly a feast for the eyes, and benefits from the ebullient performances of one of moviedom's greatest couples.

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Credits

Cast

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PetruchioRichard Burton
KatharinaElizabeth Taylor
BaptistaMichael Hordern
GrumioCyril Cusack
LucentioMichael York
TranioAlfred Lynch
BiancaNatasha Pyne
GremioAlan Webb
HortensioVictor Spinetti

Crew

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DirectorFranco Zeffirelli

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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