The Taming of the Shrew

Synopsis: Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio, a student and the son of a wealthy Pisan merchant, has fallen in love with Bianca. He poses as a tutor of music and poetry to gain entrance to the Baptista household and to be near Bianca. Meanwhile, Petruchio, a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona, arrives in Padua, hoping to capture a wealthy wife. Hortensio, another suitor of Bianca, directs Petruchio's attention to Katharina. When Hortensio warns him about Katharina's scolding tongue and fiery temper, Petruchio is challenged and resolves to capture her love. Hortensio and another suitor of Bianca, Gremio, agree to cover Petruchio's costs as he pursues Katharina.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Franco Zeffirelli
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations.
122 min




Master Lucentio.

Now, in fulfilment of my great desire

To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,

I am arriv'd in fruitful Lombardy,

The pleasant garden of great Italy.

And by my father's love and leave am arm'd

With his good will and thy good company.

So shall I please my father, Lord Vincentio,

Who sent me hither from our home in Pisa,

On this, the first day of the scholar's year,

To study at the university,

And deck his fortune with my virtuous deeds.

Here let us breathe and haply institute

A course of learning and ingenious studies.

And therefore, Tranio, for the time I'll study

Virtue, and that part of philosophy

Will I apply which treats of happiness

By virtue specially to be achiev'd.

Tell me, Tranio,

Tell me thy mind, for I have Pisa left

And am to Padua come

As he that leaves

A shallow plash to plunge him in the deep,

And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.

Why then, Lucentio, gentle master mine.

I am in all affected as yourself,

Glad that you thus continue your resolve

To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.


But... let us not be so confined by learning

That love becomes an outcast...

quite abjur'd.

No profit grows

where is no pleasure taken. Huh?




Come scholar come scholar

Tell me true

What can I teach you to do do do?

Teach me no scholarship nor no trade

Teach me to tumble thee

My little pretty maid

Lucentio? Lucentio!





Unveil! Unveil!


Unveil! Unveil!

Who would his love bestow

On looks he may never know?

Lady unveil unveil unveil

Beauty's a thing to show

To show

O let me tell gentle maiden

Let me tell

If it be true

That thy beauty casts a spell

If true it be

Take pity and give me leave

To do for thee

All that Adam did for Eve

I'll do it well gentle maid

I'll do it well


Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio,

lf I achieve not that young modest girl.


Is it possible

That love should of a sudden take such hold?


Haste to the house. Your sister is mad.

Out of my way, fool!

Bianca! Bianca!

- Bianca... Bianca! Bian...

- Signor Baptista...

Gentlemen, importune me no further,

For how I firmly am resolv'd you know,

Not to bestow my younger daughter Bianca

Before I have a husband for the elder.


Before I have a husband for the elder!

If either of you two love Katharina,

Leave shall you have

to court her at your pleasure.

O, hideous pleasure. She's too rough for me.

I pray you, Father, is it your will

To make a whore of me among these mates?

Mates, maid, how mean you that?

No mates for you

Unless you were of milder, gentler mould.

I' faith, sir, you shall have no need to fear.

Such mating is not half way to my heart.

But if it were, doubt not my care should be

To paint your face, and use you like a fool.

And comb your noddle

with a three-legg'd stool.

That wench is stark mad...

or wonderful forward.

But in the other's silence I do see

Maid's mild behaviour and sobriety.

Let it not displease thee, good Bianca,

For I will love thee none the less... my girl.

You are my most obedient and loving daughter.

Pretty pet!

O, sister, content you in my discontent.

Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe.

My books and instruments

shall be my company,

On them to look and practise by myself.

O, Tranio, thou may'st hear a goddess speak.

Go in, Bianca.

O, no! Why, will you lock her up,

Signor Baptista, for this fiend of hell,

And make her bear the penance of her tongue?

- Gentlemen, content ye. I am resolv'd.

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Franco Zeffirelli

Franco Zeffirelli, KBE Grande Ufficiale OMRI (Italian: [ˈfraŋko dzeffiˈrɛlli]; born 12 February 1923) is an Italian director and producer of operas, films and television. He is also a former senator (1994–2001) for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia party. Some of his operatic designs and productions have become worldwide classics.He is also known for several of the movies he has directed, especially the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. His 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton remains the best-known film adaptation of that play as well. His miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977) won acclaim and is still shown on Christmas and Easter in many countries. A Grande Ufficiale OMRI of the Italian Republic since 1977, Zeffirelli also received an honorary knighthood from the British government in 2004 when he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was awarded the Premio Colosseo in 2009 by the city of Rome. more…

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