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The Taming of the Shrew ()


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Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio (Richard Burton) tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor).

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Katharina
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Petruchio
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Grumio
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Baptista
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Tranio
Alan Webb ...
Gremio
Giancarlo Cobelli ...
The Priest
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Pedant
Ken Parry ...
Tailor
Anthony Gardner ...
Haberdasher
Natasha Pyne ...
Bianca
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Lucentio
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Hortensio
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Biondello
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Vincentio
Bice Valori ...
The Widow
Tina Perna ...
Complementary role
Alberto Bonucci ...
Nathaniel
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Complementary role (as Milena Vucotich)
Alfredo Bianchini ...
Complementary role
Valentino Macchi ...
Complementary role (as Valentino Macchi C.S.C.)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roberto Antonelli ...
Philip (uncredited)
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Complementary role (uncredited)
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Gregory (uncredited)
Liana Del Balzo ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Gianni Magni ...
Curtis (uncredited)
Michael Wilding Jr. ...
Complementary role (uncredited)
Christopher Edward Wilding ...
Complementary role (uncredited)

Directed by

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Franco Zeffirelli

Written by

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William Shakespeare ... (play "The Taming of the Shrew")
 
Paul Dehn ... (screen play by) and
Suso Cecchi D'Amico ... (screen play by) and
Franco Zeffirelli ... (screen play by)

Produced by

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Richard McWhorter ... executive producer
Elizabeth Taylor ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Nino Rota ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Oswald Morris ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Peter Taylor

Editorial Department

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Carlo Fabianelli ... editor: Italian version
Franca Silvi ... editor: Italian version (as Franka Silvi)
Liberata Zocchi ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Lorenzo Mongiardino ... (as Renzo Mongiardino)

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Giuseppe Mariani
Elven Webb

Set Decoration by

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Luigi Gervasi
Dario Simoni
Carlo Gervasi ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Danilo Donati ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Alexandre ... hairstylist: Elizabeth Taylor (as Alexandre of Paris)
Ron Berkeley ... makeup artist: Richard Burton
Alberto De Rossi ... makeup
Giannetto De Rossi ... makeup
Grazia De Rossi ... hairdresser
Agnes Flanagan ... hairdresser: Elizabeth Taylor
Frank La Rue ... makeup artist: Elizabeth Taylor (as Frank Larue)

Production Management

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Roberto Cocco ... unit manager
Guy Luongo ... production supervisor
Richard McWhorter ... production manager (uncredited)
Daniel Micheletti ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Albino Cocco ... assistant director
Carlo Lastricati ... assistant director
Rinaldo Ricci ... assistant director

Art Department

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Giantito Burchiellaro ... sketch artist
John DeCuir ... associate designer (as John De Cuir)
Ken Muggleston ... props
Alessandro Alberti ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Giovanni Natalucci ... set designer (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi ... scene painter (uncredited)
Fernando Valento ... construction manager (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Aldred ... dubbing recorder
Janet Davidson ... dubbing editor
Aldo De Martino ... soundman
Graham Harris ... dubbing editor
David Hildyard ... sound mixer
Mario Ottavi ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Augie Lohman ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Doug Ferris ... matte painter (uncredited)
Gerald Larn ... matte painter (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nino Cristiani ... operator
Luciano Trasatti ... cameraman
Francesco Brescini ... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Penn ... still photographer (uncredited)
Piero Servo ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gloria Musetta ... wardrobe (as Gloria Mussetta)
Irene Sharaff ... costume designer: Elizabeth Taylor

Music Department

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Carlo Savina ... conductor

Script and Continuity Department

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Elaine Schreyeck ... continuity

Other crew

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Maurice Binder ... main title graphics

Thanks

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William Shakespeare ... with acknowledgements to: without whom they would have been at a loss for words
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Baptista (Sir Michael Hordern), a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca (Natasha Pyne), will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio (Michael York), 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 (Richard Burton), a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona, arrives in Padua, hoping to capture a wealthy wife. Hortensio (Victor Spinetti), 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 (Alan Webb), agree to cover Petruchio's costs as he pursues Katharina. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines A romantic film amorously devoted to every man who ever gave the back of his hand to his beloved...and to every woman who deserved it! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La bisbetica domata (Italy)
  • William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (United States)
  • William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (United Kingdom)
  • La mégère apprivoisée (France)
  • Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 122 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Before playing Katherina, Dame Elizabeth Taylor had never performed Shakespeare (unlike Richard Burton, who was an experienced Shakesperian and already played roles such as Hamlet, Iago, Edgar, Hotspur, and Romeo on-stage), and she was said to be very nervous prior to the beginning of the shoot. As she found her way into the role, and became more confident, she asked Writer and Director Franco Zeffirelli if she could shoot everything from the first day of shooting again, as she didn't think her performance was up to scratch. Zefferilli assured her it was, but she was persistent, and on the last day of principal photography, the entire first day was shot again. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Mona: The Virgin Nymph (1970). See more »
Crazy Credits After the names of the screenwriters are listed, it reads: With acknowledgements to William Shakespeare without whom they would have been at a loss for words. See more »
Quotes Katherina: I knew you at the first. You were a moveable!
Petruchio: Why, what's a moveable?
Katherina: A stool like this!
[she kicks out the stool he was sitting on, and he falls on the floor]
Petruchio: Then sit on me!
[he pulls her down on his lap]
Katherina: [hitting at Petruchio] Our asses are made to bear and so are you!
Petruchio: Women are made to bear and so are you!
Katherina: Not such a load as yours if me you mean!
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