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The Taming of the Shrew

Elizabeth Taylor , Richard Burton , Franco Zeffirelli    VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
For those of you who read my review on the play "The Taming of the Shrew," you know that I gave it 4 stars. This movie in no way falls short of the book. If anything, I would say that the movie gets an extra half star because it is here that Shakespeare's Literature meets Zeffirelli's phenomenal images. I think to appreciate this movie as much as possible, we should keep some things Isaac Asimov said in mind: (1. Kate is not simply a shrew. Shakespeare infers that Kate's character is the result of years of social rejection while her sister Bianca had anything she wished. Kate is so scarred that even love appears to be mockery to her. 2. Petruchio DOES NOT delight in his seemingly harsh actions. He feels sympathy for Kate and realizes that it may be the only way to help her. 3. Bianca is NOT a sweet helpless creature. If anything, she is somewhat of a spoiled brat. She is adored by several men; she has managed to monopolize her father's love; she has learned how to manipulate her father; and she delights in her sister's misery.) The movie itself is VERY WELL done. Burton and Taylor have a deep knowledge of the characters they are portraying. Just as Shakespeare's Lucentio is a love struck man who can't see the whole picture about Bianca, this is shown in the movie. One thing I must commend Zeffirelli on is how he is able to portray actions that Shakespeare mentions but does not have acted in the play. (Kate and Petruchio's wedding and Kate's fall into the mud are only mentioned in Shakespeare's play.) In their limited roles, Pedant and Vincentio are hilarious. (Pedant impersonates Vincentio and keeps Vincentio out of his son's house.) Overall, both the major and the secondary characters did an outstanding job. Zeffirelli not only gave us the story, but he added his phenomenal images to it. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisflying interpretation of the play March 31 2014
By Gayle Gibson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This older film stands up very well. Zefferelli's usual energy and brilliant colour support the cast. Burton is delightful as Petruchio and Taylor made a touching Kate. Her enjoyment of their early struggles presages a long and happy union. I saw this film when it first came to cinemas, long long ago, and was delighted to see that it has stood the test of time and in fact, looks better now than it did when it first appeared.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shipping took forever!!! Jan. 25 2014
By Pyretta
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This dvd is exactly what I wanted it to be! It is in excellent condition. My only problem is that it took too long to get to me. I have never had to wait this amount of time!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic Dec 30 2013
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Ive seen many versions but this one is the best one. Was it acting for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton or a reflection of their own tomultuos relationship?
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5.0 out of 5 stars great film Nov. 14 2013
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Funny and entertaining, its the kind of film that takes you in an other time, the actors are great, the story is fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Taming of the Shrew July 3 2013
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Well, hey it's the Burton
Taylor duo. Both excellent, talented actors, albeit deceased now.
I owned this dvd years ago, lent it out and did not get it back. That
is how much I love it, had to repurchase it. Great love story and comedy.

Denise Daniela Borda
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Hollywood Fare April 28 2013
This is a boring rendition that lacks creativity and imagination. Burton and Taylor offer very little in the way of bringing new life to the characters of Petruchio and Kate. If you want to see something inventive and clever, check out the Stratford production on DVD featuring Colm Feore. That said, if you enjoy two actors mugging their way through the scenery than this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it Feb. 13 2013
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Came way before the suggested arrival time, which was a pleasent surprise. Excellent quality and a wonderful movie. I would reccomend this to anyone who wants to hear some good old shakespear!
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable movie
The family enjoyed it. The movie lacked some of Shakespeare's original elements (the induction, for instance) but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Audrey-lynn Karperien
3.0 out of 5 stars okay if you like zefirellli
Took a long time to get her. Have seen it many times. Lovely costumes, good supporting cast ( Mercutio especially), but I personally prefer other productions e.g. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2012 by mary jane mckelvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
This production is just lavish in terms of sets, costumes and number of extras.

It succeeds in making this (light) Shakespearean play very accessible to a general... Read more
Published on May 23 2011 by Pierre Gauthier
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun rendition
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2007 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars More Fun Than A Barrel Full Of Burtons
A rollicking feast for the eye, ear, and funny bone, Franco Zeffirelli's "The Taming of The Shrew" is a tour de force for Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Michael C. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bawdy Bard !
"The Taming of the Shrew" is a delightful romp, and very entertaining, even for people who do not normally go out of their way to watch Shakespeare. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by peterfromkanata
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