Film Series : Shakespeare on Film

The Taming of the Shrew

1967, Franco Zeffirelli, USA/Italy, 122 min. With Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton.

Show Times

  • Mon, Jan 2nd 2:30pm
  • Thu, Jan 5th 6:00pm

"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." — Film 4

For his first film, celebrated opera director Zeffirelli's broad, populist style proved well-suited for Shakespeare's rowdy battle-of-the-sexes comedy, whose gender politics (unfashionably patriarchal? slyly ironic? merely an accurate mirror of its times?) are still hotly debated by scholars and theatregoers. The film gains an added dimension by its casting of Burton and Taylor, at the time the world's most famous (and not always tranquil) couple. Their flamboyant performances are supported by a vibrant Nino Rota score, richly colored Oswald Morris cinematography, and sumptuous production values that nabbed Oscar noms for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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