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I watched this film with absolute delight - at the raucous humor, the very real chemistry between Taylor and Burton, the spectacle of scenes and costumes, and a great musical score. It is an entirely different animal from Zeferelli's Rome and Juliet, more of a comedy than tragedy, but extraordinarily vivid. Its underlying psychology, involving the "disciplining" of a very difficult adolescent in crisis, is also deeper than Zeferelli's other Shakespeare, with layers that can be discussed. My father, for example, was a psychiatrist, and he saw it as Petrucio handling a "borderline" personality with masterful insight. My wife and daughter disagreed, highlighting the "sexist" aspects of it. I think it is just fun.
Though I had seen it when it came out, I got it for my daughter (16), who is interested in Shakespeare. (My son, who thought it "weird" at 12 is the same age that I was when I saw it.) We like to get multiple versions of these classics, so even though she wasn't sure she liked it, it is food for thought, re-watching at another time. It is a wonderful, indeed indispensable, addition of our film library.
Recommended with enthusiasm.