The Taming of the Shrew Overview:

The Taming of the Shrew (1967) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Franco Zeffirelli and produced by Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Franco Zeffirelli.

Academy Awards 1967 --- Ceremony Number 40 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Renzo Mongiardino, John DeCuir, Elven Webb, Giuseppe Mariani; Set Decoration: DariNominated
Best Costume DesignIrene Sharaff, Danilo DonatiNominated
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Quotes from

Petruchio: Come, come, you wasp! In faith you are too angry!
Katherina: If I be waspish, best beware my sting!
Petruchio: My remedy then is to pluck it out!
Katherina: Hah! If the fool could find where it lies!
Petruchio: Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his sting? In his tail!
Katherina: In his tongue!
Petruchio: Whose tongue?
Katherina: Yours! -if you talk of tales, and so farewell!
Petruchio: What? With my tongue in your tail?


Petruchio: What, with my tongue in your tail?


Petruchio: Nothing but sit and sit, and eat and eat!


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Facts about

Before playing Katherina, 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 shot. As she found her way into the role, and became more confident, she asked 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.
In his memoirs, Franco Zeffirelli said that making this film was the most fun he had in his entire career.
The previous film version of The Taming of the Shrew featured Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who, like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, were married at the time. Pickford's and Fairbanks's marriage, however, was quickly deteriorating, while Burton's and Taylor's would not end (the first time) for another seven years.
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