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The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 3

It may not be reverent enough for purists, but This Taming of the Shrew is too funny -- and fun -- for the rest of us to resist.

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It may not be reverent enough for purists, but This Taming of the Shrew is too funny -- and fun -- for the rest of us to resist.

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Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is a zesty version of the classic comedy, highlighted by performances by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and Nino Rota's score. Instead of simply filming a play, Zeffirelli turned Shakespeare's text into a lively, cinematic movie, with sweeping sets and cinematography. Set in Padua, Italy in the late 1500s, the story concerns the shy Bianca (Natasha Pyne) and the mean-spirited Katarina (Elizabeth Taylor), the two

Sep 23, 2003

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

As for Mr. Zeffirelli's settings and the elaborate Renaissance costumes, they look very rich and mellow in the misty pastel colors that are used. But they, too, like Nino Rota's music, tend to monotony.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Comedy is sustained in witty wedding ceremony.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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More debased Shakespeare from Franco Zeffirelli.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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Purists will doubtless be upset by this flick, but the bawdy humor is engaging, the photography and musical score work just fine, and the most famous married couple in the world at that time are really having a ball here.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Zeffirelli can't bring himself quite to the realm of radical Shakespeare. However, the film is a great vehicle for the two most famous stars of its era.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fine Zeffirelli version with Taylor and Burton in good form.

December 21, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Not necessarily the best telling, but still wickedly attractive.

September 27, 2005
▄berCinÚ

Riotous fun.

February 19, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

High-spirited whoop-de-doo Shakespeare, not too adulterated, not too precious, and geared slyly towards an audience who may have read about this kind of marriage on the showbiz gossip pages.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

...ranks among the finest screen adaptations of a Shakespeare play ever made.

April 21, 2002
Movie Metropolis

When [Zeffirelli] sticks to the play and to his actor's skills, the film comes alive. Sadly that was not as often as it should have been.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Despite its blatant lack of political correctness, there is considerable fun to be had in this film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Taming of the Shrew

"Too many words," I complained while a youth first exposed to the Bard and so voiced the tedium I felt under the deluge of verbiage, poetry or no, accustomed to dusty cowpokes who spoke only in monosyllables between gunfights or, say, gangsters who rattled curses like machine gunfire ... until this lively Zeffirelli production was shown me. And its still my fav Shakespeare, embodied with hew and vigor, muscle and blood and bone by Burton and Taylor in my fav film by them. Inspires me to take 30 minutes to say "I love you!" A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
April 24, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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This is a great adaptation of a Shakespeare play. The actors are great, and work together well. It's very funny and enjoyable and I recommend this movie.
December 10, 2010
ajv2688

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I love this version of Shakepeare's Taming of the Shrew...well I am partial to one of my fav's being in this...Liz Taylor. Richard Burton and Liz Taylor were not just great offscreen but onscreen together as well. My favorite film teaming Burton and Taylor for sure!
January 26, 2008
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Mason Williams

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The film stars real-life husband and wife Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, then the hottest celebrity couple in the world.
The themes of male chauvinism and feminism which underpin the comedic plot are brought out in a way that would have made the film instantly relevant to a 1960s audience. Provocative satire in sexual politics in the late 16th century. The fact that the play still resonates and can raise a smile suggests that things haven?t changed much in the past four hundred years vis-Ó-vis male-female relationships.
July 2, 2009
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