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Taming of the Shrew, The

Synopsis
Feature film version of the play. A bawdy and boisterous production, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, which reduces the play to the Katharina/Petruccio romance
Language
English
Country
Italy; United States
Medium
Film; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1967
Duration
122 mins; 10,859 feet
Availability
Hire (Filmbank - film or video) Sale (other outlets - video and DVD)

Credits

Director
Franco Zeffirelli
Producer
Elizabeth Taylor; Franco Zeffirelli; Richard Burton
Cinematographer
Oswald Morris
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Franco Zeffirelli; Paul Dehn; Suso Cecchi D’Amico
Music
Nino Rota
Costume
Danilo Donati; Irene Sharaff
Art Direction
Elven Webb; Guiseppe Mariani
Cast
Elizabeth TaylorKatherina
Richard BurtonPetruchio
Michael HordernBaptista Minola
Natasha PyneBianca
Alfred LynchTranio
Alan WebbGremio
Anthony GarnerHaberdasher
Cyril CusackGrumio
Mark DignamVincentio
Michael YorkLucentio
Roy HolderBiondello
Vernon DobtcheffPedant
Victor SpinettiHortensio

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Elizabethan
Plays
Taming of the Shrew, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Man and Woman
Movies, The [06/03/1967]

Notes

Notes
Estimated budget $4,000,000. Burton and Taylor are reputed to have invested $2 million of their own money in the production.
The UK DVD (2001, Sony) includes the theatrical trailer, a featurette in which Burton and Taylor discuss playing Shakespeare, and filmographies.

A 10-minute study extract may be hired from Filmbank Distributors (www.filmbank.co.uk).
Figures
$12,000,000 gross worldwide (January 1970). IMDb
Awards
Academy Awards 1967 - Nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.

Production Company

Name

Columbia Pictures

Name

Royal Films International

Sponsor

Name

FAI

Distributor (DVD)

Name

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Web
http://www.sonypictures.co.uk/ External site opens in new window

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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