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The Taming of the Shrew

(DVD - 1999 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Taming of the Shrew

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The adaptation of William Shakespeare's comic look at male chauvinism and women's lib in 16th century Padua.
Title: The taming of the shrew
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1999.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features include: theatrical trailers; talent files.
Based on: The taming of the shrew / William Shakespeare.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1967.
Summary: The adaptation of William Shakespeare's comic look at male chauvinism and women's lib in 16th century Padua.
Audience: Not rated.
ISBN: 0767828003
Branch Call Number: 822.33 Q3, 1967 21
PR2832 .A23 1999
Statement of Responsibility: Columbia Pictures Corporation ; a Burton-Zeffirelli production ; screenplay by Paul Dehn, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Franco Zeffirelli ; directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Credits: Director of photography, Oswald Morris ; editor, Peter Taylor ; music, Nino Rota, Carlo Savina.
Performers: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern, Alfred Lynch, Alan Webb, Victor Spinetti, Natasha Pyne, Michael York.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 2.0 mono, digitally remastered audio & anamorphic video, NTSC, Region 1 encoding.
Other Language: In English with optional soundtrack in Spanish or Portuguese; with optional subtitles in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: 01109
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Jun 02, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 25, 2013
  • jdthornton rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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Jun 01, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

A Shakespearean Trainwreck with Taylor and Burton At The Controls

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