The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
In 1796, Captain George Brummell of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment offends the Prince of Wales with his straightforward outspokenness and gets fired from the army but is chosen as the Prince's personal advisor.
Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio, a student and the son of a wealthy Pisan merchant, has fallen in love with Bianca. He poses as a tutor of music and poetry to gain entrance to the Baptista household and to be near Bianca. Meanwhile, Petruchio, a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona, arrives in Padua, hoping to capture a wealthy wife. Hortensio, another suitor of Bianca, directs Petruchio's attention to Katharina. When Hortensio warns him about Katharina's scolding tongue and fiery temper, Petruchio is challenged and resolves to capture her love. Hortensio and another suitor of Bianca, Gremio, agree to cover Petruchio's costs as he pursues Katharina. Written by
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton co-produced the film, putting $1 million of their own money into the production and waiving their combined $2 million+ salaries taking a percentage of the film's profits instead. See more »
In the film, Katharina's angry line to Bianca "[tell] whom thou lovest best" (which Shakespeare actually wrote and which is grammatically correct) is changed to the grammatically incorrect "whom thou dost lovest best". In his review of the film, critic John Simon caught the error. See more »
[Petruchio has addressed Vincentio as a young woman and indicated Katherina should do likewise]
Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet, wither away or where is thy abode? Oh, happy the parents of so fair a child... happier the man whom favorable stars will allot for his lovely bedfellow.
[she turns to go]
Why, how now, Kate,I hope thou art not mad. This a man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered and not a maiden as thou sayest he is.
[turns back, still in the spirit of the game]
Oh, pardon, old...
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Instead of the screen credit "The End" appearing at the end of the film, the line "God give you goodnight" appears, after which the rest of the closing credits are seen. See more »
The whole package was almost here in this movie.It delivered on almost all technical aspects demanded for this movie version of the great Shakesperean comedy.The problem here was the low quality script which dulled the comedy,thus struggling for laughs.The director tried to compensate as much as he could but he could only in the end turn out an average movie.Also,Taylor could only manage a decent Shakesperean performance depite the film makers limiting her lines as much as they could.Taylor is a great actress but Shakespeare acting demands a very high quality in ORATORY ACTING which is another ballgame.In this regard,Burton shows how it is done.Watch this movie for his great performance here if for nothing else.Burton will demand and get your respect if you have an eye for acting.Only for fans of the lead actors and fans of Shakespeare movies......
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