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The Taming of the Shrew
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 daughters of a rich merchant named Baptista (Michael Hordern). Though Bianca is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Not necessarily the best telling, but still wickedly attractive."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ▄berCinÚ
"...ranks among the finest screen adaptations of a Shakespeare play ever made."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Comedy is sustained in witty wedding ceremony."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Riotous fun."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"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."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"More debased Shakespeare from Franco Zeffirelli."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Fine Zeffirelli version with Taylor and Burton in good form."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"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."
‑ , Film4
"Despite its blatant lack of political correctness, there is considerable fun to be had in this film."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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