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126 Ratings

Kiss Me Kate

Directed by George Sidney
United States, 1953
Comedy, Musical, Romance


Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew.

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Kiss Me Kate Directed by George Sidney

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1954 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

Writers Guild of America

1954 | Nominee: Best Written American Musical (Screen)

The movie, fluidly directed by George Sidney (a largely overlooked figure in the Freed Unit’s stable of filmmakers), throws lots of crap in the audience’s face, to be sure, but the most effective moments of depth are the close-ups and medium shots, where I was constantly wowed by the strange spectacle of huge, colour, moving, realistic heads and shoulders in living three dimensions. It was a bit like the outsize photorealist sculptures of Ron Mueck, come to life.
November 05, 2016
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My ability to focus on the aesthetic uses of stereoscopy was somewhat derailed by the off putting misogynistic humiliation of central character Lilli Vanessi, the stand in for, and actress playing the role of, Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew. While scholars might argue that Shakespeare was ironic in his treatment of Katherina in his play, Kiss Me Kate seems to ignore any potential irony and delights in using bullying slapstick.
August 11, 2015
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Predictably, the ‘right eye/left eye’ 3D drops leggy Miller right in your lap and most all the cast members visibly have a good time throwing stuff at the camera and the audience. It’s almost enough to distract from a tired backstage plot and by-the-book direction from musical genre specialist George Sidney.
July 02, 2015
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