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Trailers from Hell: John Landis Talks Naughty Shakespeare Adaptation 'Kiss Me Kate'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood August 3, 2012 at 12:34PM

"Don't Knock the Music!" week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing George Sidney's 3-D "Kiss Me Kate," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" by way of Broadway song-and-dance.
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George Sidney's "Kiss Me Kate"
George Sidney's "Kiss Me Kate"

"Don't Knock the Music!" week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing George Sidney's 3-D "Kiss Me Kate," an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" by way of Broadway song-and-dance.

George Sidney's terrific film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical (derived from Taming of the Shrew) underwent a lot of cleaning up from the Hays Office, which removed numerous suggestive lyrics and risque jokes. Even so, it's considered one of the most entertaining of the vaunted MGM musicals and still enchants today. Although the cleverly shot 3-D version initially racked up stronger grosses, the film played the majority of its major dates, including Radio City Music Hall, in 2D.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.