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Quest for Self in Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2013, (51), pp.69-86
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : January 19, 2013
  • Accepted : February 8, 2013

Chon, Byongsok 1

1예일대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Franco Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew, upon its release in 1967, received both academic and public attention not only because it starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the then-married star couple, as Katherine and Petruchio, but also because it optimized the advantage of film for a creative adaptation of Shakespeare. In this paper, I explore how Zeffirelli uses Shakespeare’s induction of the play to invite the spectators to the world of the filmed Padua. I argue that, by using four different kinds of inductions, Zeffirelli elevates the spectators’ expectation and prepares them for an exciting fantastic turnover of the Paduan society. The four inductions-invitation to the energetic and idyllic Paduan society, studio realism producing picturesque images and scenes, a carnival that provokes and encourages overthrow of the preexisting order, and the starring of Taylor and Burton, famous enough to even overshadow Zeffirelli and Shakespeare- welcome the spectators to a pleasingly vivid screen where Taylor and Burton would certainly commit an act of disruptive idiosyncrasy. Also, by closely examining selected shots in the film, I demonstrate how Zeffirelli illustrates the issue of identity formation: how Katherine transforms herself from a socially defined shrew to an independent entity.

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