Ukroshchenie Stroptivoy (1961) - film adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (986 words)

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Ronan Paterson (University of Teesside)
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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Adapted and directed by Sergei Kolosov. Cast includes Andrei Popov, Lyudmilla Kasatinka, Vladimir Zeldin, and Olga Krasina. Russian. Black and white. 85 minutes.

In 1961 Sergei Kolosov directed Ukroshchenie Stroptivoy for the Mosfilm studios. Shot in black and white, it is the first feature film based upon the play since Samuel Taylor’s The Taming of the Shrew (1929) with Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Like Taylor, and indeed as Franco Zeffirelli later would in his 1967 version, Kolosov does away with the Induction involving Christopher Sly. Instead it begins with Kosolov’s mentor, theatre …

Citation: Paterson, Ronan. "Ukroshchenie Stroptivoy (1961) - film adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19429, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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