(1967) Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack. (122 min.) DCP.
A swaggering fortune hunter “tames” a spitfire heiress in Shakespeare’s troubling courtship/brawl. Exceptional Renaissance production design and a Nino Rota score adorn a film meant to capitalize on the chemistry between an experienced Shakespearean and an iconic Hollywood star.
“They are refereed by Franco Zeffirelli out of the corner of one winking eye. And if any crusty customer doesn't like it—well, a pox on him!” (Bosley Crowther, New York Times)
Our films are piquantly peripatetic this season, celebrating Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday, reflecting NCMA exhibitions on Elizabethan portraiture and Ansel Adams landscapes, transporting us to the North Carolina mountains of the early 20th century, and basking in the forbidden lust and corruption of midcentury Mexican noir.