I thought I'd celebrate Ms. Elizabeth Taylor's apparently successful recent heart surgery by showing a clip from my favorite of the several films she made with her most famous past husband, Richard Burton.
This clip from the 1967 film (directed by Franco Zefferelli) features part of one of the most famous and funniest scenes (Act II, Scene I) of Shakespeare's play, written in 1594.
Katharina is an ill-tempered woman but the conceited nobleman, Petruchio, takes on the challenge of taming and marrying her. After a bad start, the suitor with his work cut out for him redoubles his efforts and uses some reverse psychology to win her heart. If you watch this scene carefully, you'll notice she at least starts to entertain the idea that he's a match for her.
I think this is one of Shakespeare's great "battle of the sexes" plays, right up with Beatrice and Benedict's verbal sparring from the comedy "Much Ado About Noting" and the heavy emoting and power-playing of Anthony and Cleopatra written about a decade after this work.
The film is sumptuous to look at, and has a great supporting cast, including Michael York as a young swain, Michael Horden as a befuddled father, and Victor Spinetti doing a fine comic turn as a harassed music tutor. However, if you want a more faithful adaptation of the play, I'd recommend looking for a DVD copy of the 1980 BBC version of the play with John Cleese and Sarah Badel, directed by Jonathan Miller.