The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

DVD - 1999
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Petruchio is a poverty-stricken gentleman from Verona who journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife. There he meets Katharina, a self-willed shrew who leads Petruchio on a merry chase before he successfully circumvents her attempts to avoid marriage. After the honeymoon, Kate helps Petruchio win a wager that he has the most obedient wife. In reality, Kate has found a more effective way to dominate her mate.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1999
ISBN: 9780767828000
Branch Call Number: DVD TAMI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in

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DickyMicky
Feb 10, 2017

A horrible film adaptation of Shakespeare's play. Those 2 bloated egos - Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, literally, tore, ripped, and chewed this film's story to absolute shreds.

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Ananda17
Dec 13, 2016

I agree with Nursebob's assessment, this rendition of the classic play is a delight. The mature approach to the script by two well lauded and experienced actors at the apex of their careers, caught in their own caustic strivings as their personal marriage disintegrated, was a delight to behold. One wonders how much of the script and acting was Shakespeare and how much a forum reflecting their own internal struggles? An enjoyable romp through a by gone era while absorbing the culture of the time!

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Elfarran
Feb 10, 2015

I liked it. Totally disagree with 'Akirakato' there. Its supposed to be a classic, do you know what that means?? It means its not a modern movie with modern language. This movie embraces what Shakespeare is all about, if they adapt it to be current then it will lose that vital essence of what the original creator wanted it to have.

I like it. 4 stars for moi!

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akirakato
Dec 11, 2014

30 minutes into the movie there come no gripping, no funny and no fascinating scenes.
This is supposed to be a lavish screen production of the classic Shakespearean play.
However, it is such a slow-paced, below-average-acting, monotonous and boring film that I couldn't stand seeing more than that.
We aren't in the days of Shakespeare.
The director and writer should've adapted the original play so that the film might be able to satisfy the expectation of the current audience.

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Nursebob
Dec 06, 2014

Even though Zeffirelli took many liberties with Shakespeare’s caustic comedy, paring away much of its complexity in the process, this brash costume epic still manages to float thanks in large part to the combined star power of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. In prosperous Padua wealthy merchant Baptista is eager to marry off his two daughters. Young Bianca, beautiful and demure, has no shortage of suitors—-in fact a few overly eager bachelors have resorted to outrageous subterfuge in order to win her hand. But alas, according to custom Bianca cannot wed until her older sister, Katharina, finds a husband of her own. And therein lies the film’s comedic wellspring for “Kate” is a foul-tempered, acid-tongued dragon who terrorizes her family and sends all eligible men running for cover. Kate eventually meets her match however when the drunken opportunist Petruchio stumbles into town looking to “thrive and wive” and is immediately steered towards the surly maiden and her handsome dowry. What follows is an all out Elizabethan battle of the sexes in which Katharina, the cards already stacked against her thanks to her gender, goes head-to-head agains the gruff and implacable Petruchio who is determined to bring her to heel at any cost. One of Shakespeare’s more problematic plays, at least to 21st century sensibilities, Kate’s transformation from fiery hellcat (or independent spirit?) to domesticated hausfrau can be interpreted as either a straightforward example of 16th century sexism or, with a small stretch of the imagination, a subtle rebuke steeped in irony and satire. Certainly Kate’s closing monologue concerning a woman’s happy subservience to her lord and master will forever be open to heated discussions. But no matter, this is still a lively, raucous free-for-all full of pageantry and rich Renaissance backdrops all set to an airy score by Nino Rota. Although lacking the lush romanticism of his later Romeo and Juliet (1968), Zeffirelli nevertheless manages to infuse a spirited passion into this film adaptation. And when those sparks begin to fly between Burton and Taylor the erotic overtones are unmistakable.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 02, 2014

Despite elegant costumes and its much-lauded direction by Franco Zeffirelli, this Shakespearean marital comedy failed to deliver. As a viewer, it didn't work its magic on me. ~~~ This film's disappointment-factor was mainly due to its 2 lead actors, Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton, for (1) Being too old for their parts (She, 35. He, 42), as well as (2) Both of them being co-producers of this less-than-satisfying production. ~~~ In my opinion, these 2, together, literally ground Shakespeare's 16th Century play right into the dirt without even giving it a fair chance to really breathe and come to life. ~~~ Featuring lots of irksome scenery-chewing by Taylor (who, as usual, wore way too much mascara and eyebrow pencil) and plenty of pompous bellowing by Burton (who was nothing but an egocentric windbag), this 1967 costume comedy certainly did wonders for encouraging spousal abuse from both sides of the matrimonial bed. ~~~ Apparently, this $4 million production was a huge, box-office hit upon its initial release. But, now, 47 years later, it sucks. Had this film's 2-hour running time been reduced by a good 30 minutes, then, yes, perhaps that might've helped matters, somewhat.

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jdthornton
Apr 25, 2013

Very well acted by all involved. Great portrayal of Shakespeare's work. Nothing against this movie, but of course, being a modern woman, I don't really like the concept of a woman being subject to the man. I think of marriage as more of a partnership. But Elizabeth Taylor must have felt the same way, because she puts a fabulous twist at the end. Not fully rebellious, but certainly not fully tamed. :) All in all, good movie!

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