The Taming Of The Shrew


(out of 5)

The dream team of Burton and Taylor had one of their biggest hits together in this spirited adaptation of the Bard’s comedy. Kate is the viciously tempered elder sister of two whose younger sibling Bianca cannot marry the goodhearted Lucentio () unless her sister is married first, as per their father’s wishes. Thankfully, in comes the loutish, unflappable Petruchio () to take our lady in hand and give her what for.  Franco Zeffirelli says that directing this was the most enjoyable experience of his career and it is easy to see why: the stars were never at their more attractive, nor was their chemistry ever more effective, and they make sparks fly on screen every time they strike up a fiery argument. Production details are lovingly plush, and the adaptation of the original play is sharp enough to keep the poetry intact while making it accessible to the less experienced viewer.

Italy/USA, 1967

Directed by 

Screenplay by , Franco Zeffirelli, , based on the play by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction (art direction: Renzo Mongiardino, John DeCuir, Elven Webb, Giuseppe Mariani; set decoration: Dario Simoni, Luigi Gervasi)
Best Costume Design (Irene Sharaff, Danilo Donati)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Richard Burton)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

British Academy Award
Best British Actress (Elizabeth Taylor)

Best British Actor (Richard Burton)



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