HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon
Benediction
Nezha Reborn
Evil Toons
Worst Person in the World, The
Whirlpool
Hunter Will Get You
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Revolver
Men, The
Parallel Mothers
Sadness, The
Bloody New Year
Faye
Body Count
Spider-Man: No Way Home
'Round Midnight
Wild Men
Barry & Joan
Wake Up Punk
Twin, The
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
One of These Days
Lift to the Scaffold
Savage Dawn
Rest in Pieces
Innocents in Paris
We're All Going to the World's Fair
Beyond the Door 3
Jules et Jim
Love Jones
Saint-Narcisse
Souvenir Part II, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
   
 
  Taming of the Shrew, The A Woman's Place?
Year: 1967
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern, Alfred Lynch, Alan Webb, Giancarlo Cobbelli, Vernon Dobtcheff, Ken Parry, Anthony Gardner, Natasha Pyne, Michael York, Victor Spinetti, Roy Holder, Mark Dignam, Bice Valori, Tina Perna
Genre: Comedy, Romance, HistoricalBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: When Lucentio (Michael York) arrives in Padua to attend university there he is filled with the possibilities of learning and expanding his horizons, and tells his manservant Tranio (Alfred Lynch) so. However, Tranio catches sight of a woman who pleases him and points out to his master that there's more to life than studying, which Lucentio finds out very quickly when a young lady catches his own eye: Bianca (Natasha Pyne). It is love at first sight for both of them, and they would be delighted to marry, except there's a problem - Bianca's father (Michael Hordern) has the final say.

Not that he would not wish his daughter to be wed, but he has another, older daughter in Katherine (Elizabeth Taylor) who he would like to see taken up the aisle before Bianca. Therein lies another snag as no man in his right mind would want to marry her, beautiful as she is, for she has the temperament of an angry wasp. There's only one thing to say to that: "A-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!" Well, according to this extremely boisterous version of William Shakespeare's play that's the correct reaction, my, there's a lot of laughing in this, the only thing missing being the cast slapping their thighs as if they were in pantomime.

Nobody actually says, "Hey Dandini!", but it's a close run thing, as director Franco Zeffirelli took this production to be a party that happened to have a film being made in the middle of it, and everyone is proclaiming their lines as if there was no tomorrow, with a lot of grimacing and exaggerated facial expressions into the bargain. Taylor was the worst offender as far as pulling faces went, but she did seem to be enjoying herself even if the reason behind her casting with her husband Richard Burton would have appeared to be that audiences flocked to see them lock horns in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Apparently that's exactly what they did want to see, as if the gossip column's reports of their stormy marriage was best represented in similar fashion onscreen. So what better venue than the grandaddy of all stormy marriages as far as drama went, Katherina and Petruchio? The latter shows up to laugh his head off, oh, and to romance the shrew of the title as well, although here she seems less a strong-headed and willful woman and more a raging psychopath, flinging anything about she can get her hands on, yelling at the top of her voice, and even attacking anyone who wanders into her orbit, all to prove that she is definitely not marriage material. Petruchio, on the other hand, sees her father's wealth and thinks otherwise.

So the first half is taken up with getting Kate, as he calls her, to the altar, and if it fails to be particularly hilarious then it's not through want of trying as you can practically hear the cast straining to secure any kind of laugh they can. The second half is more your actual taming, as Katherine is taught a lesson that in Shakespeare's time might have seemed perfectly reasonable but in more enlightened days will be more likely to leave you feeling sorry for the heroine and what she has to put up with to learn how to get along with people. Not that she was better as the maniac, but the sense of her being beaten down and indeed into shape by her chortling but borderline sadistic new husband guarantees that if you were not chuckling before then you certainly won't be by the last act. It was a colourful, vibrant staging, and the energy it conveyed was undoubtedly impressive, but the sexual politics might as well have been conceived in the 1500s. Music by Nino Rota.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4218 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Enoch Sneed
   

 

Last Updated: