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The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

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Release Date
Mar 23, 1967 (Italy)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Oct 26, 1999
• R2: 19 Mar 2001

Budget USD 4,000,000

Running Time
2 hours, 2 minutes

Country Italy, USA

Studio Columbia Pictures, F.A.I., Royal Films International

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• The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

• La Bisbetica domata

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Racy, Marriage, Love

Tagline: In the war between the sexes, there always comes a time for unconditional surrender.

Plot: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor bring gusto and ferocity to their roles as Katherine and Petruchio in this quintessential battle of the sexes, a vibrant adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play. When young student Lucentio (Michael York) wanders into the town of Padua, he promptly falls for the beautiful Bianca (Natasha Pyne), but before Bianca's father will let her be courted, he insists her wild, angry, older sister, Katherine (Taylor) be married. Undaunted, Lucentio and the other would-be suitors of Bianca hit upon the idea of hiring tipsy, flea-bitten nobleman Petruchio (Burton) to step up and woo the untamable "shrew." The roles of these battling lovers are perfectly suited to Burton and Taylor, whose passionate and publicized love affair was in full flower at the time. This makes it a fitting follow-up to their earlier co-starring vehicle, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, and a glorious chance to see two larger-than-life stars having at each other with unfettered glee. The realistic period detail is lovingly photographed by Luciano Trasatti, while Nina Rota contributes a lively score. This was the directorial debut of Franco Zeffirelli, and it's Shakespeare with real zest; a treat to both scholars and film-lovers everywhere.

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 Directed by
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 Written by
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 Music By
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