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4.7 out of 5 stars
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The Taming Of The Shrew [DVD] [2001]
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on 9 September 2017
Under the masterful direction of Franco Zeffirelli this is a marvellous version of the Shakespeare comedy. I've always admired the acting of Richard Burton and it's great to see him in a prestigious role in a quality film. The scenes with Taylor are Burton are convincing and innovative. The feuding spouses are ably supported by talented actors such as Cyril Cusak and Michael Hordern. There's masses of quality entertainment here.
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on 7 September 2017
Brilliant-I saw it years ago, as brilliant as ever!
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on 3 November 2017
Surprisingly good and convincingly acted.
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on 19 July 2017
A1
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on 30 May 2017
Whow! this is sensational
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on 19 August 2017
Excellent ! Thoroughly enjoyed it. All the actors well cast. Beautiful sets and costumes.
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on 19 October 2007
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 31 January 2017
A classic. Great direction and production of this play with great acting. Vibrant and entertaining. It might be an old film but is still well worth watching. thoroughly entertaining.
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on 26 April 2011
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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on 17 August 2013
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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