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Literary Flicks

Literary Flicks

... a monthly viewing of movies based on books

 

Taming of the Shrew

August 13, 2019

The Taming of the Shrew is a 1967 film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Kate and Petruchio. Baptista Minola is attempting to marry off his two daughters; however, he will marry off his youngest, Bianca only if someone will marry his eldest, Katharina. Katharina is an ill-tempered shrewish woman but a lusty young nobleman, Petruchio, takes on the challenge of taming and marrying her. The film received two Academy Award nominations, for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. (122 min.)

Stand by me

September 10, 2019

Stand by Me is a 1986 film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell (in his debut film). The film is based on Stephen King's 1982 novella The Body. Stand by Me tells the fictional story of four boys in a small town in 1959 Oregon who go on a hike to find the dead body of another boy. The film was nominated for one Academy Award (for Best Adapted Screenplay) and two Golden Globe Awards (for Best Motion Picture - Drama, and Best Director). (89 min.)