Grumio (Cyril Cusack) and Hortensio (Victor Spinetti) both long to wed the same beautiful young woman, Bianca. However, her father announces that she may not marry until her mean spirited sister Katarina is wed.
Purists will doubtless be upset by this flick, but the bawdy humor is engaging, the photography and musical score work just fine, and the most famous married couple in the world at that time are really having a ball here.
As for Mr. Zeffirelli's settings and the elaborate Renaissance costumes, they look very rich and mellow in the misty pastel colors that are used. But they, too, like Nino Rota's music, tend to monotony.