Kiss Me Kate

October 18, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT

Vibrant as color swatches in a paint-store catalog, these remastered videodisc of Kiss Me Kate bring out all the literal and thematic glitter MGM applied to films’ backstage-romance scenario. In Kiss Me Kate, an acerbic Taming of the Shrew rewrite, they don matching violent-red jumpsuits for some knockabout sparring set to Cole Porter songs. The circuitry in VCRs simply can’t render such strong, variegated hues and fine textures; only on disc is it clear how much these actors need meticulous games of make-believe to feel they’re in love. B+

Kiss Me Kate

type
Movie
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
147 minutes
director
Michael Blakemore,
George Sidney
Cast
Brent Barrett,
Kathryn Grayson,
Howard Keel,
Rachel York,
Nancy Anderson,
Bob Fosse,
Ann Miller,
James Whitmore,
Keenan Wynn
Studio
MGM/UA Home Video
Complete Coverage
Kiss Me Kate

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