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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, for most of us who basically just want to be entertained--and I suspect with this play, that was the bard's intent--this version is good fun, robustly acted, and with lovely sets and costumes, a feast for the eye. One suspects that Ms. Taylor had a ball, hurling insults and various pieces of furniture at her real-life, on-again off-again, spouse. It looks like Mr. Burton had a good time too, although one frequently has the impression that this was a "well-lubricated" performance !
The supporting cast is fine, with a pleasant film debut for Michael York. As usual, Zeffirelli gives us a film that is gorgeous to look at--and I'm not just referring to Ms. Taylor !
The DVD has a certain haziness to it, but this may be the way that Zeffirelli intended the film to look.
"The Taming of the Shrew" today, of course, is about as "politically incorrect" as a piece of literature can be. While women will find this film amusing, the idea that the female spirit should be "reined in" like that of a wild horse, will cause some discomfort to feminist viewers, I'm sure.
Nevertheless, this film is highly entertaining, and might give younger viewers an idea as to what all the Taylor/Burton fuss was about. Recommended.
Taylor can absolutely play the shrew, yet can make us sympathize with this least favorite daughter. Burton, sexy as always, classicly trained, was made to play Shakespear. Maybe it is the accent, but I could listen to him in rapt enjoyment even if he just read the dictionary.
The only downside to this video that I can find is that it is not letter box and it is not closed captioned. That aside, I highly recommend it, even for people who normally don't like Shakespear. Buy it, get some popcorn and enjoy.
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Good picture. Burton's great, as I expected. Liz ain't bad either. The film arrived a bit late, but nobody's perfect.Published 5 months ago by Penfold J. Abernathy, III
I love the chemistry between Taylor and Burton. Watching the play was a great deal of fun.Published 7 months ago by Doug
I have a dim memory of the first time I saw Franco Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew. It was on television. Read morePublished 17 months ago by j richardson
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are fantastic in this movie, the best Taming of the Shrew I've seenPublished 22 months ago by D Nanc