Franco Zeffirelli


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Zeffirelli, Franco

(fräng`kō zāf-fērĕl`lē), 1923–, Italian opera, stage, and film director and designer, b. Florence as Gianfranco Zeffirelli. Zeffirelli had his first successes as assistant to the director Luchino ViscontiVisconti, Luchino
, 1906–76, Italian film director and writer, b. Milan as Luchino Visconti de Modrone. One of Italy's most acclaimed directors, Visconti has been called the father of neorealism for his early films Ossessione (1942) and La terra trema (1948).
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 in the films Troilus and Cressida and The Three Sisters. His first opera production was La Cenerentola for Milan's La Scala, after which he became known chiefly for his opulent opera productions. He has mounted productions of Falstaff (1964, revival 2002) and Antony and Cleopatra (1966), among others, for the Metropolitan Opera Company. Zeffirelli's films include The Taming of the Shrew (1966), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973), The Champ (1979), Endless Love (1981), La Traviata (1983), Hamlet (1990), Jane Eyre (1996), and Tea with Mussolini (1999).

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See his autobiography (1986).

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Eyre on screen A NEW cinema season at the Lawrence Batley Theatre begins on September 17 with a screening of the classic Jane Eyre by Italian director Franco Zeffirelli.
Italian director and designer Franco Zeffirelli held an iconic position at the Met with his extravagant and costly productions of Puccini's La boheme, Tosca and Turandot, Verdi's La traviata and Bizet's Carmen.
He reviewed, on this occasion, projects he carried out in Tunisia in the area of film and television production, in addition to his contribution to the production of films by such great like directors Steven Spielberg, Georges Lucas, Franco Zeffirelli and Rachid Bouchareb.
London, Jan 9 (ANI): Italian soprano opera singer Daniela Dessi is said to have become furious after director Franco Zeffirelli said she was too old and too heavy to appear in his production of La Traviata.
Zhivago' by David Lean will be screened on October 7; 'Rebecca' by Alfred Hitchcock on October 9; 'Sense and Sensibility' by Ang Lee on October 21; and 'Romeo and Juliet' by Franco Zeffirelli on October 28.
He applies that knowledge to his role of film scholar and historian as he uncovers and sifts through the variety of material artifacts that surround the making and release of the five films his study illuminates: the 1935 Warner Brothers A Midsummer Night's Dream, Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944), and three films of Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor (1936), Renato Castellani (1954), and Franco Zeffirelli (1968).
Film director Franco Zeffirelli accused the bishops of having lost all sense of proportion.
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli and featuring Ildiko Komlosi, Violeta Urmana and Roberto Alagna, the performance was filmed during La Scala's 2007 season.
Also inside the cathedral in Pavarotti's home town of Modena, north Italy, were U2 singer Bono, film director Franco Zeffirelli, former UN chief Kofi Annan and Italian PM Romano Prodi.
Trabajo con Franco Zeffirelli, Luchino Visconti y Vittorio de Sica, entre otros, estando presente en la composicion de las partituras de las mas famosas peliculas de estos cineastas.
FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI, the director who brought TV audiences the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth and movie audiences Mel Gibson as the Sweet Prince in Hamlet and last year's Tea with Mussolini, has rocketed to new depths with this butchering of singer Maria Callas in Callas Forever.
But what if, in 1977, in the last year of her life, she had been tempted out of retirement by her friend Franco Zeffirelli to makefilmed versions of her greatest operatic triumphs, lip-synching to recording of her at her peak.