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5.0 out of 5 stars The Taming of The Shrew/(DVD)Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton
What a wonderfull theatrical feast this Burton - Zeffirelli production is. Elizabeth Taylor gives the definitive performance of Katharina the shrew, with beautifull menacing eyes and almost insane aggression, which turns to classic charm and elegance, as she learns to love and respect.
Richard Burton at his peak delivers a commanding and humourous and equally...
Published on 26 April 2011 by Derek Vernon-morris

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2.0 out of 5 stars not good quality or sound
Picture quality okay but sound really poor and when I saw this film years ago there were more scenes think this DVD has been cut short was disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Taming of The Shrew/(DVD)Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton, 26 April 2011
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Derek Vernon-morris (Greater Manchester UK) - See all my reviews
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What a wonderfull theatrical feast this Burton - Zeffirelli production is. Elizabeth Taylor gives the definitive performance of Katharina the shrew, with beautifull menacing eyes and almost insane aggression, which turns to classic charm and elegance, as she learns to love and respect.
Richard Burton at his peak delivers a commanding and humourous and equally powerful performance as Petruchio visiting Padua to find a wife. To eveyones relief, especially her father, Petruchio takes on Kate, a 'lusty wench' and it is obvious there is an immediate attraction, as they unravel Shakespeare's eloquent battle of the sexes magnificently. A coffer of 20,000.00 crowns, is no small incentive to the Bridegroom.
They are backed by an excellent cast, including Michael York as Lucentio, greatly enamoured of Kate's fair sister Bianca, (Natasha Pyne) who being the youngest is not allowed to marry before Kate. He and his Valet Hortensio (Victor Spinetti) swap roles in true Shakespearian manor, to gain access to the household, and woo Bianca. Giancarlo Cobelli plays the nervous priest at the wedding ceremony.
The success of this lavish spectacle owes a lot to the authentic and imaginative 16th Century costume designs. Costumes which Elizabeth Taylor displays radiantly were designed by Irene Sharaff, overall costume design by Danilo Donati, and production design by Renzo Mongiardino.
Music composed by Nino Rota, conducted by Carlo Savina, keeps the Paduan Festival atmosphere rolling
with lutes, flutes and sackbuts, and one or two very nice minstrell songs.
Running time is 117 minutes, but seems shorter because of the complete entertainment value; and this Columbia Tristar DVD of 2001 gives excellent wide screen colour and sound quality.
Special features include a short conversation with Elizabeth taylor, and Richard Burton, and their presentation at the Royal Command performance in London to Princess Margaret in 1967. That featurette alone is now memorable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Franco Zeffirelli's down-and-dirty approach to Shakespeare., 17 Dec 2014
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Franco Zeffirelli's down-and-dirty approach to Shakespeare is a blast to behold, and his production of The Taming of the Shrew (one of the Bard's more problematic plays in recent times) shines underneath all the grime. As Petruchio and Katharina are--who else?--Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who might as well be playing a real-life scene from their marriage(s?).

Made just a year after their famous Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Shrew is much lighter fare, but they still bring it their all, performance-wise. Burton is a respected and fabled Shakespearean actor, and his Petruchio is affably vulgar and domineering. Taylor, on the other hand, had supposedly never done Shakespeare before, but it's impossible to tell--she brings her usual commanding presence and startling honesty to the role, and she gets a great performance out of it.

The two have superb chemistry, of course, and it's a blast to watch them going at it for the first hour. It's in the second half that they actually seem a bit tepid going through with the "torture" scenes. The misogyny was recognized even back in '67, it seems. All the same, Zeffirelli's approach is wonderful, and the supporting cast is all ready to party at any given moment. A great time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not good quality or sound, 17 Aug 2013
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Picture quality okay but sound really poor and when I saw this film years ago there were more scenes think this DVD has been cut short was disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun rendition, 8 Aug 2007
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Baptista has two daughters: the eldest is Kate the cursed and beautiful Bianca. Everyone wants to marry Bianca but Baptista insists that it has to be Kate first. Suitors rivaling over Bianca have to find someone desperate enough to marry Kate for economic purpose.

One of the things that make this movie is all the money that was put onto the props and costumes. Of course with the big named actors and Franco Zeffirelli money for the program is naturally available.

Elisabeth Taylor can make squinty eyes and does not use her naturally squeaky voice. The film stays true to the story however it does not come near the professional and just a fun 1980 BBC version production with John Cleese as Petruchio.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The taming of the shrew, 22 Nov 2013
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Bought this for a present for a friend who likes it. I enjoy Shakespeare, but I don't care for The Hollywood style of drama
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Viewing, 14 Jun 2013
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Although the story is old the content and reproduction of this DVD is very good, it was like watching a film at the cinema.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Taming of the Shrew DVD 2001, 15 May 2013
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P. C. Yerburgh (Wiltshire UK) - See all my reviews
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Good value. The film is well acted and the colour of the film was about right. It is a good alternative to a theatre visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare at his best, 5 May 2013
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Wonderful acting throughout the whole cast. This is Shakespeare brought to life.
Watch the film and then go to a live performance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taming of the Shrew Review, 19 Oct 2007
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Varian Beauregard (Le Jardin d'Angleterre) - See all my reviews
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I'm studying this play and bought this Franco Zafirrelli / Elizabeth Burton version as it was dirt cheap on amazon. I found it more enjoyable than the BBC version (as did my wife), even though we both preferred John Cleese's to Richard Burton's Petruchio. It gains over the BBC version by not having that awkward out of place hymn at the end (and after Shakespeare note-worthily eschewed religious arguments in Kate's final speech)! Also, the dialogue is here more clearly and comprehensibly spoken; it is just a shame it misses out the majority of it! There are a lot of visual gags to retain the interest of those who do not follow the language used. Unfortunately it also misses some of the plot points for the minor characters along the way, although it does portray the main relationship really well (doubtless feeding on the off-screen relationship of the stars). Finally, it is very noticeably studio-bound and some people may find it too interpretive and 'Hollywood'. In summary though, this is definitely worth watching, very entertaining and enjoyable whether you are a Shakespeare fan or not.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 19 Dec 2004
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After studying the play in its text version in my English Literature class, we were shown this Zefferelli film. To my amazement, it surpassed my expectations and managed to keep the comedy. In truth, Petruchio was not what I expected from the first glance, but gradually, I felt that Richard Burton was very well suited to the role. For the time, it is a rather lavish production and I recommend everyone to see it.
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