LIT 380: Shakespeare in Film

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Zeffirelli’s Shakespeare without words

Zeffirelli’s ability as a director comes out full force in the party scene.  However I think the dynamic that occurs between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are paramount in this set of scenes.  When the party starts and Katharina (Elizabeth Taylor),  and Petruchio (Richard Burton) are at the table.   There is almost an entire [...]

Taming of the Shrew, Kate’s Character

At first, after watching Zeffirelli version of the Taming of the Shrew, I was reluctant to believe in Kate’s sudden change in character.  She was a strong, aggressive female who always got the last say. In a very short time span (a week?), her personality changes to completely passive toward Pertruccio. She also seems sincerely [...]

The 90′s

One of the biggest constants that mankind carries throughout the years is the continuous change of trends and interests. Each decade practically carries it’s own ways and style. The 1990′s, as any other time period, has it’s specific characteristics. This writing will compare Baz Luhrman’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Gil Junger’s 10 Thing [...]

Taming of the Shrew Film Conclusions

The final scene of The Taming of the Shrew is one of the most critical to the piece as a whole. In both Zefferelli and Junger the scenes main focus is on Katherine. However the shots used draws focus to different things. In Jungers version, the final scene is in the form of Kate’s (not) [...]

Wooing in Zeffirelli’s version versus Junger’s version

The most obvious update from Zeffirelli’s Taming of the Shrew to  Junger’s 10 Things I Hate About You is the wooing of Katarina.  In Zeffirelli’s version, Katarina succumbs to Petrucio’s advances (which are very forceful) much quicker. After their first meeting, he starts to “tame” her by literally chasing after her. Then after the marriage, Petruchio starves her [...]