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The Taming of the Shrew1929

  • 3.4
This "talkie" is the only film co-starring Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. This print is from the 1966 re-release and it is faithful to the original except that new music and new sound effects were added by Marty Kemp of the Mary Pickford Company during his painstaking restoration of the film. Seven minutes of the footage that was in the original were removed in bits and pieces to tighten the editing and the sound of the voices was improved by new re-recording techniques since only the original sound discs, scratched and deteriorated over the years, remained as the source material.

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Not much Shakespeare left here but alot of fun to see these two legends together. Fairbanks has the softer touch with the style despite his bombast. Pickford is oddly compelling (though not much of a shrew.) She is beautiful, the camera loves her. We root for both of them and are satisfied in the end. The clowns fail in execution but the ideas are okay. I loved Fairbanks' boot as a hat costume, Pickford creating a futon of the bridal bed plus they kept it short and that is good too.

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Not much Shakespeare left here but alot of fun to see these two legends together. Fairbanks has the softer touch with the style despite his bombast. Pickford is oddly compelling (though not much of a shrew.) She is beautiful, the camera loves her. We root for both of them and are satisfied in the end. The clowns fail in execution but the ideas are okay. I loved Fairbanks' boot as a hat costume, Pickford creating a futon of the bridal bed plus they kept it short and that is good too.

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Wow! With that kind of dialogue, I'm surprised we continued to get movies made.