The Taming of the Shrew (1929 film)
|The Taming of the Shrew|
|Directed by||Sam Taylor|
|Produced by||Mary Pickford|
|Written by||William Shakespeare (play)
Sam Taylor (adaptation)
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||63-66 minutes|
The Taming of the Shrew (1929) is the first sound film adaptation of the Shakespearean play of the same name. The movie was directed by Sam Taylor, adapted by Taylor from William Shakespeare's play, and stars Mary Pickford and her husband Douglas Fairbanks.
- Mary Pickford as Katherine
- Douglas Fairbanks as Petruchio
- Edwin Maxwell as Baptista
- Joseph Cawthorn as Gremio
- Clyde Cook as Grumio
- Geoffrey Wardwell as Hortensio
- Dorothy Jordan as Bianca
The first sound version of the play on film, this version was originally shot as a silent film, with all the dialogue and sound effects added at a later stage. This version of the film is primarily known for how Pickford delivers Katherina's last speech. As she moves though the litany of reasons why a woman should obey her husband, she faces the camera and winks toward Bianca, unseen by Petruchio. Bianca smiles in silent communication with Katherina, thus acknowledging that Katherina has not been tamed at all. Pickford and Fairbanks' marriage was breaking down even before filming began, and animosity between the couple increased during filming. In later years, Pickford stated that working on the film was the worst experience of her life, although she also acknowledged that Fairbanks' performance was one of his best.
After many years out of circulation, the film was re-released in 1966 in a new cut supervised by Pickford herself. New sound effects were added throughout, much of the voice dubbing was enhanced with newly available technology, and seven minutes were cut from the initial print. This re-released version is the only version now available on DVD or VHS.
- Kenneth S. Rothwell, 'The Age of Sound' (2002)
- Aikman Archive DVD booklet
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