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Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew - 14/2/2013 11:34:37 PM   
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This was on the tellybox on Saturday.

As you'd expect of a Zeffirelli Shakespeare adaptation, it was a rich, lavish and beautiful production - gorgeous costumes and sets - with fine performances (and obvious natural chemistry) from Burton and Taylor as the two leads. It's also notable for being the debut of the King of Cats himself, Michael York.

It's a bit of a strange play, to be honest; I doubt feminists appreciate its message: that if women are feisty and difficult you should break them with cruelty till they are meek and obedient and know who's boss. I understand a new version is being made with Anne Hathaway - it'll be interesting to see how they translate it for a 21st century audience.

I always love a bit of Shakespeare though (and a bit of Richard Burton!) so I thoroughly enjoyed this.


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