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Re: *Shrew* Questions
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0697.  Friday, 26 August 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Diana Henderson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Aug 1994 13:05 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0696  Re: ACT *Shr.* and *Shrew* Questions
 
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Aug 1994 13:39 EDT
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Aug 1994 13:05 EDT
Subject: 5.0696  Re: ACT *Shr.* and *Shrew* Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0696  Re: ACT *Shr.* and *Shrew* Questions
 
Re: E.H Pearlman's question about Shrew stars & their rocky marriages: this
is something I've been thinking about, since I'm writing on film/video Shrews;
and it is all too tempting to engage in pop psychology.
 
Both couples not only got divorced afterwards but had each left spouses to
marry one another.  But after a closer look, I'd say doing Shrew had a direct
effect only on Pickford/Fairbanks: it was the sole time they co-starred,
and Pickford felt her husband had become Petruchio offstage as well (maybe
she only saw it once she had the script or had to work with him, because
the possessive & inconsiderate behaviors she describes in her autobiography
well precede the filming...).  Her description of playing Kate prefigures
Fiona Shaw's more detailed account (in Clamorous Voices) of how actresses
can feel uncomfortably like Kate as their perspective is ignored or
discounted.  By contrast, Elizabeth Taylor appears to have enjoyed the
role, and she & Dick looked back on the filming as an Italian honeymoon
(see Zeffirelli's autobiography--it was his idea to remake the Pickfair
Shrew before he thought of using the Burtons [he'd been thinking of Loren
and Mastroianni, until his British agent said he needed English speakers]).
But enough film gossip...all of which, since it is based on the principals'
accounts, should be taken with a handful of salt.
 
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Aug 1994 13:39 EDT
Subject: 5.0696  Re: ACT *Shr.* and *Shrew* Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0696  Re: ACT *Shr.* and *Shrew* Questions
 
In response to Diana Henderson's question about CBC broadcasts of Stratford
productions of _Shrew_-- I don't recall a production from 1981, but I do
remember one starring Colm Feore which was broadcast in what might very well
have been 1986 (I was in high school at the time, so my memory might be a
little off). Perhaps that might be part of the confusion? Incidentally, I
highly recommend the Feore production if you get a chance to see it (I have
most of it on video somewhere, I think)-- set in Dolce Vita Italy, and
Petruchio arrives for his wedding by driving a gaudily decorated moped onto the
Festival stage...a hilarious moment!
 
Hope this helps, if only incidentally.
 
Alex Bennett (
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