19 January 2006

Taming of the Shrew

We have been searching for a copy of the BBC production of Taming of the Shrew for some time. I suspect that as it is so politically incorrect with regards to the relationship of men and women it has been spurned in the US and Australia.
But we have success! At Moviemail-online in the UK we were able to purchase our copy on DVD. Naturally it is PAL and region 2 so can only be played on region free DVD players.
Lana and I enjoyed the tale anew last night. Subtitles have made a major difference. The first time we saw it some years ago it took us half an hour before we worked out they were speaking English. So, with ears attuned, we restarted the play and laughed throughout!
John Cleese
and Sarah Badel play a marvellous Petruchio and Katherine. Once Katherine is tamed, the two of them share glances that married couples in love share. You know - that glance across a room that conveys a story. Our children have often chided Lana and I on our "secret" communications.
This version of Taming of the Shrew started our interest in Shakespeare. Now we all get to listen and have interest in an author neither of us had read before. Hurrah for contagious learning!

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