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La mégère apprivoisée (1967) Poster

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Before playing Katherina, Dame Elizabeth Taylor had never performed Shakespeare (unlike Richard Burton, who was an experienced Shakespearean 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 shoot. As she found her way into the role, and became more confident, she asked writer and 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.
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In his memoirs, writer and director Franco Zeffirelli said that making this movie was the most fun he had in his entire career.
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After Cléopâtre (1963) had failed at the box office, nearly bankrupting Twentieth Century Fox, when writer and director Franco Zeffirelli suggested casting Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in this movie, he was told it would never happen by Fox executives. However, Zeffirelli was persistent, and in the end, he was able to convince Fox that the couple still had box-office potential. Ultimately, he was proven correct, as this movie was a huge box-office success.
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The previous movie version of La mégère apprivoisée (1929) featured Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who, like Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, were married at the time. Pickford's and Fairbanks' 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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Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton co-produced this movie, putting $1 million of their own money into the production and waiving their combined $2 million plus salaries, taking a percentage of this movie's gross instead.
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Franco Zeffirelli originally proposed this movie as a vehicle for Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.
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This was the first time that Dame Elizabeth Taylor performed Shakespeare. At first, she said that she felt extremely out of place, as all of the other actors and actresses had been performing Shakespeare on-stage since the age of nineteen. Taylor was an intelligent and determined lady, however, and picked the language up rather quickly. She only inquired of one sentence to Richard Burton: how to say "whom doth thou lovest best?" as she felt as though she "had toffee in her mouth" saying this.
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The fifth of eleven movies in which Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred together.
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The dress that Dame Elizabeth Taylor wore during Katharina's final monologue was inspired by the dress that the model wore in Lorenzo Lotto's painting, "Lucretia". Taylor even wore a similar coverciere (shawl-like partlet), and had a necklace tucked into her bodice, just like Lotto's "Lucretia".
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Discussing scene-stealing actors, Richard Burton recalled in his diary that Victor Spinetti "did everything except break wind and stick his finger up his nose to the knuckle."
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Although the play was first performed in London in 1593, it was not published until 1623, a few years after Shakespeare's death.
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Ian Ogilvy and Michael York were both vying for the role of Lucentio, and were both auditioning in Rome at the same time.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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Petruchio sings "When that I was and a little tiny boy (With hey, ho, the wind and the rain)" which is actually a song from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. When waking the next morning, he gets it wrong by singing "tiny little boy".
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Although the time frame of the play was contemporary to when it was written, the turn of the 17th century, the costuming in Zeffirelli's film indicates roughly a hundred years earlier, at the turn of the 16th century.
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