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The Taming of the Shrew (1908)

Based on Shakespeare's play: Petruchio courts the bad-tempered Katharina, and tries to change her aggressive behavior.

Director:

D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Florence Lawrence ... Katharina
Arthur V. Johnson ... Petruchio
Linda Arvidson ... Bianca
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Katharina's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Avery ... Music Teacher
William J. Butler William J. Butler
Gene Gauntier ... Wedding Party
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... One of Bianca's Suitors
Guy Hedlund
Charles Inslee ... One of Bianca's Suitors
Wilfred Lucas
Jeanie Macpherson ... Wedding Party
Charles Moler Charles Moler
Mack Sennett ... Petruchio's Servant
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Storyline

Based on Shakespeare's play: Two suitors have come to the home of the popular Bianca to court her. But her bad-tempered sister Katharina interrupts, deals with the men roughly and chases them out. Later she also assaults her music teacher. Only Petruchio, just arrived in town, wants to court Katharina. Her father eagerly agrees to arrange a wedding, and soon Petruchio and Katharina are locked in a battle of wills. Written by Snow Leopard

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fierecilla domada See more »

Filming Locations:

Coytesville, New Jersey, USA

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of The Taming of the Scoundrel (1980) See more »

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21 August 2003 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is an early Griffith effort -- when you're turning out eighty or ninety movies a year, you look everywhere for a story. A full reel, this was an immense production in Griffith's schedule and it shows. Although it is shot in simple long takes and the crowd scenes are staged well but not as amazingly so as later efforts would do, this has a full and beautiful set, in an era when set dressing was practically non-existent. The acting is broad in the comedy scenes, and more controlled in the romantic scenes. Notice the background actors gesticulating wildly in the kitchen scene (and the trademark 'AB'!) which looks looks a lot like Sennet's later Keystone style.

Although Griffith directed more than five hundred pictures, almost all of which survive, he has a vast corpus of works that are rarely seen, because so many people concentrate on his best features and perhaps a dozen of his best-known shorts. Kino is to be applauded for including this in their silent OTHELLO dvd and for hiring John Mirsalis to do the delightful, simple score.


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