Taming of the Shrew VHS
Liz and Dick (a.k.a. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) almost seemed to be importing the psychodramas of their marriage into this 1967 film (of course, the same was true of every film they made together). Adapted from Shakespeare's play and directed by Franco Zeffirelli (Romeo and Juliet) with his usual eye for sumptuousness, this version of Taming features a particularly boisterous, bawdy, fun performance by its stars. Composer Nino Rota--best known for scoring several of Fellini's best-known works--received a National Board of Reviews award for his vivid soundtrack. --Tom Keogh
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Burton and Liz are an excellent match for one another.
The knock-down drag-out that ensues as Petruchio begins the process of taming Kate, determined to "wed" her and "bed" her, is probably the grandest, most ambitious male-female altercation in film history!
For my taste, Elizabeth's portrayal of Kate as hell-cat involves too much gratuitous shrieking, whipping, smashing of furniture and household items, and violent destruction, in general. From the wedding scene onward, her acting improves. Her final dialogue in which she teaches her "sisters" to be obedient and respectful wives displays moments of depth, mainly expressed as lambent loving looks of adoration aimed at Petruchio.
Burton's Petruchio is memorable, performed with faultless finesse. He remains a less-than-amiable character up until he's surprised by Kate's tribute. Then, in the closing moment of the film, there's husbandly warmth and love in that final softened command of "Kiss me, Kate."
Michael York gives a shining performance as Baptista.
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Great movie classic with wonderful actors. Although for some this Shakespearian story could be considered sexist.Read more