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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Man and Woman (1972, Franco Zeffirelli)

TitleMan and Woman
Release LocationsGB
DirectorFranco Zeffirelli
MediumColor video
Length33 mins
Audiencecollege and university
high school
Play ConnectionsThe Taming of the Shrew (derivative)
SeriesGreat Themes of Literature


An edited version of Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew with excerpts from the film and a narration by Orson Welles. Part of a series, "Great Themes in Literature," the film compares Shakespeare's view of the battle of the sexes with the more somber positions of Henrik Ibsen, Edward Albee, and Tennessee Williams

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

KatharineElizabeth Taylor
PetruchioRichard Burton
NarratorOrson Welles

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorFranco Zeffirelli
ComposerCole Porter

Company Overview

Producer Learning Corp. of America

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell