The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew / Укрощение строптивой (1967)
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Genre: Comedy, Romance

The Taming of the Shrew (Italian: La Bisbetica domata) is a 1967 American-Italian romantic comedy film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare about a courtship between two strong-willed people. The film was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Shakespeare's Kate and Petruchio.

Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is a zesty version of the classic comedy, highlighted by performances by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and Nino Rota's score. Instead of simply filming a play, Zeffirelli turned Shakespeare's text into a lively, cinematic movie, with sweeping sets and cinematography. Set in Padua, Italy in the late 1500s, the story concerns the shy Bianca (Natasha Pyne) and the mean-spirited Katarina (Elizabeth Taylor), the two daughters of a rich merchant named Baptista (Michael Hordern). Though Bianca is being courted by a number of young men, Baptista announces that she may not marry until Katarina is wed. None of the men in town are willing to marry Katarina, so Bianca remains unwed, even as more suitors–such as Lucentio (Michael York), a student who begins working as a tutor in the Hordern household just so he can be near Bianca–line up to wed the maiden. No man approaches Katarina until Petruchio (Richard Burton–a wanderer who arrived in Padua just to find a rich wife–falls in love with her. After an intense, occasionally furious, courtship, Katarina eventually agrees to marry him, and they move to Petruchio's shoddy house, which is located outside of the city. Following the wedding, Lucentio reveals that he is not a student, but instead the son of one of the most respected men in town. Lucentio gets permission to marry Bianca and a mild-mannered Katarina shows up at the wedding, giving advice to her sister on how to be a good wife. The Taming of the Shrew received Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design, and opened the British Royal Film Festival.

Synopsis by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Allmovie.com

Sometimes art and real life combine in fortuitous ways, as when the rocky marriage of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor gave fire and brimstone to their performances as the feuding couple in this 1967 film version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. In 1963, the couple's romantic spark had added sizzle to Cleopatra, but, by 1966, their alcoholic rages in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf had seemed almost painfully authentic. Their marital problems were public knowledge by the time they were cast in The Taming of the Shrew by Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, and their celebrity brought the film millions of curious viewers. They saw a phantasmagorically lit and vibrant staging, featuring violent physical confrontations between the two stars. The big-budget Hollywood production was the first major filming of the story since the 1929 version, which starred Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Soon after the film was released, Taylor and Burton were divorced.

Review by Michael Betzold, Allmovie.com

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Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Writers: Paul Dehn, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Franco Zeffirelli, William Shakespeare

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael York, Natasha Pyne, Michael Hordern

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)


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