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The Taming of the Shrew Reviews

The Liz and Dick Show, Part II. The Battling Burtons go at it again onscreen in this follow-up to their joint triumph in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? And, although it may initially be hard to picture La Liz reciting blank verse, both she and the film are fine. Zeffirelli is famous (or infamous) for his sometimes unsubtle editing of Shakespeare's plays when he turns them into films that "ordinary folk" can understand (a piece of advice, Franco: we're not that stupid). Purists will doubtless be upset by this flick, but the bawdy humor is engaging, the photography and musical score work just fine, and the most famous married couple in the world at that time are really having a ball here. Not really an actress noted for playing feminists, La Liz manages the transition from spoiled filly--typecasting here, folks--to submissive wife--which is all the eight-times-around Mrs. Hilton Fisher Burton Warner Fortensky whoever really wants after all, right?