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Franco Zeffirelli

Director, Actor

Taming of the ShrewTaming of the Shrew (1966)
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor
Famous couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor star as Petruchio and Katharina in this spirited parody of gender role plays. Zeffirelli succeeds…
Romeo and JulietRomeo and Juliet (1968) Recommended
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting, Milo O'Shea
Definitive screen version has the lovelorn couple played by teenagers, the costume designer working overtime and a youthful, fashionable feel to it.…
Brother Sun, Sister MoonBrother Sun, Sister Moon (1973)
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker
This flower–child rendition of the early years of St. Francis of Assisi draws a parallel to the hippy ethos. Songs by Donovan, script by Lena…
Jesus of Nazareth (Mini Series)Jesus of Nazareth (Mini Series) (1977) Recommended
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Robert Powell, Laurence Olivier, Anne Bancroft
Touched by the hand of Franco Zeffirelli and a who's–who of famous thesps, this is the most respectfully detailed and complete retelling of the…
Champ, TheChamp, The (1979)
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Rick Schroder
Franco Zeffirelli's sentimental remake of the 1931 Academy Award–winning film stars Jon Voight as a debt–ridden Florida…
Endless LoveEndless Love (1981)
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields is the saving grace of this fiasco made of Scott Spencer's acclaimed novel about an obsessive teenage romance.
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) (1982)
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Teresa Stratas, Placido Domingo
Teatro alla Scala Orchestra/Chorus. Conductor: Georges Pretre.
OtelloOtello (Othello) (1986)
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Placido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Diaz
Exemplary operatic film with Placido Domingo perfectly attuned to the tenor of the title character.
Turandot (Puccini)Turandot (Puccini) (1988)
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Placido Domingo
One of the finest versions of Puccini's opera is this filmed version of 1988 Metropolitan Opera production featuring Placido Domingo, Eva Marton and…
HamletHamlet (1990) Recommended
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates
Mel Gibson pulls off a creditable lead performance as the melancholy Dane, certainly aided by the director's eye for detail, and top supporting…

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