Archive for December 9, 2010

In Fair Verona

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by dcairns

So, as part of my research into William Cameron Menzies, we ran THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, early 30s version, which WCM co-designed, and very handsome it was too — typical Cameron monumentalism with strong, interesting shapes, given an Elizabethan decorative make-over.

Oddly, the film has a lousy reputation — looked at today, it seems an excellent example of very early talking cinema, triumphing over the stiffness and staginess that make so many early talkies an ordeal. So my attempt to rehabilitate the picture is over at The Daily Notebook, forming the substance of this week’s edition of The Forgotten.