2002 Film Music CD Reviews
Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
The Taming of the Shrew with music by Nino ROTA
Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
COLUMBIA TRISTAR CDR 10015
"Kiss me Kate, we will be married o' Sunday"
"This is the way to kill a wife with kindness"
Shakespeare without tears. The Taming of the Shrew might be politically
incorrect by today's standards but with such glorious comic performances by
the Burtons who cares? Elizabeth Taylor is perfect as spitfire, Katherina, throwing
her spite and everything else handy at Petruchio (Richard Burton) who has come
to "wife it wealthily" in Padua. How he tames her is the basis of this
colourful romp. Michael Hordern, as Katharina's long-suffering father, with Cyril
Cusack, Alfred Lynch and Victor Spinetti, all add doleful support. Art direction
and costume design sparkle and so does Nino Rota's rollicking score – one of
his sunniest and one that propels the action and comments wryly on the antics
of the combating principals.
A short featurette with a contrived interview with Taylor and Burton precedes
their appearance before HRH Princess Margaret at the 1967 Royal Command Film