Baptista, a Paduan gentleman, has two daughters, Katherine and Bianca. Bianca is beautiful, sweet-tempered and obedient and several suitors seek her hand in marriage. Baptista, however, insists that Katherine, just as beautiful but sharp-tongued and rebellious, must be married first. The only man willing to court her is the equally feisty Petruchio, a stranger from Verona in search of a rich wife...
- BBC Shakespeare Collection: The Taming of The Shrew review by JG
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I rented this to see how John Cleese did with Petruchio. He was good and I don't mind the studio-feel to the production; that's what you expect from these BBC productions of the 70s-80s (although they could have done more with the studio floor). The problem is that, especially in the opening scenes before the main characters arrive, the lines are gabbled at such a pace they are difficult to follow. So difficult we gave up and fast forwarded. On the whole I didn't like Miller's direction at all.