What better way to spend Richard Burton’s Birthday than to watch this great Taylor, Burton movie. It is an entertaining version of Shakespeare’s classic play. The sparks fly between the two actors. The Supporting cast is a who’s who of great British actors; Michael York, Michael Hordern, Cyril Cusack, Victor Spinetti to name a few. The musical score by Nino Rota is fun and unforgettable, the costuming is magnificent. Zeffirelli’s original version that was released in the movie theatres however underwent the chopping block towards the end of the film to make way for commercial breaks for television viewing and was never corrected for the DVD version.
I hope someday, someone will find the lost footage and restore the scene where Petruchio shows Katerina that he has already had the milliner make her a beautiful crimson and brown velvet dress highlighted by the gold headress, worthy of a Queen to wear back to her younger sister Bianca’s wedding celebration. That missing scene sets up all that transpires between Katarina and Petruchio after his out burst over the ‘unfashionable fashions’ scene that rationalizes the actions of the characters from that moment on until the ending of the film. It may be 60’s classichollywood, but it is classichollywood at its very best.