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Franco Zeffirelli

Highest Rated:   97% Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Lowest Rated:   25% Endless Love (1981)
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Italian director Franco Zeffirelli started out as an actor in the stage productions of Luchino Visconti, then worked as an assistant on several Visconti-directed films. After World War II, Zeffirelli launched a career designing, costuming, and directing operas, a field of entertainment to which he'd return periodically throughout his life and which led to his first directorial credit, the Swiss-produced filmization La Boheme (1965). Zeffirelli's reputation in the 1960s rested on his boisterous, non-traditional movie versions of Shakespeare. He directed Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a lusty adaptation of Taming of the Shrew (1967), then became an icon for the Youth Movement by casting 17-year-old Leonard Whiting and 15-year-old Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet (1968). Zeffirelli's eye for visual richness served him well in the opulent Brother Sun/Sister Moon (1973), a romanticized account of Francis of Assisi. Some of Zeffirelli's later American films were unworthy of his talents, though he made the most of the emotional possibilities of The Champ (1979) and actually helped Brooke Shields pass as an actress in the otherwise lachrymose Endless Love (1981). The director found himself in the center of a controversy upon finishing the expensive Euro-American TV miniseries Jesus of Nazareth; certain religious activists, upset that the ads promised a "human" look at Jesus, forced several sponsors to withdraw their advertising from the telecast. (The "scandal" proved groundless, since Zeffirelli's Jesus was one of the most reverently accurate ever seen in films.) Zeffirelli has been represented by his televised stagings of operas, many of which have shown up on American public television. And in 1990, Franco Zeffirelli returned to Shakespeare for an all-star film version of Hamlet, wherein the "surprise" was not so much Mel Gibson's superb rendition of the title role as the fact that this was the first movie Hamlet that looked like it was actually taking place in 12th century Denmark. He finished out the 20th century be helming the 1996 version of Jane Eyre and 1999's Tea With Mussolini. As the 2000s got under way, Zeffirelli focused primarily on directing opera and many of his stage creations were recorded and released on home video or played briefly in movie theaters.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot Encore
  • Director
2016
No Score Yet The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot
  • Director
  • Producer
2016
No Score Yet Aida From Teatro Alla Scala
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Il giovane Toscanini (Young Toscanini)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Met Summer Encore: La Boheme
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Verdi's Aida at La Scala
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Maria Callas: The Eternal
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Joan Sutherland: The Reluctant Prima Donna
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Mozart - Don Giovanni
  • Director
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Carmen: Georges Bizet
  • Director
2004
42% Callas Forever
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$0.4M 2004
No Score Yet Maria Callas - Living and Dying for Art and Love
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Maria Callas: La Divina - A Portrait
  • Actor
2000
65% Tea with Mussolini
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1999
74% Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1996
No Score Yet Storia di una capinera (Sparrow)
  • Director
1993
76% Hamlet
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1990
No Score Yet Power of the Past with Bill Moyers: Florence
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Maria Callas: Life and Art
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Bellissimo - A History of the Italian Cinema
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Otello (Othello)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Metropolitan Opera: Puccini: Tosca
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet La Traviata
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet La Traviata at La Scala
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet I Pagliacci
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Verdi - La Traviata
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet La Boheme
  • Director
1982
25% Endless Love
  • Director
1981
40% The Champ
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
  • Director
1977
44% Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Fratello sole, sorella luna)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1972
97% Romeo and Juliet
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
85% The Taming of the Shrew
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
No Score Yet La Boheme
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet La Bohème
  • Producer
1965
No Score Yet Angelina
  • Filippo Carrone
1947
No Score Yet Pagliacci, (Bajazzo, Der)
  • Director
No Score Yet Rome Franco Zeffirelli (Omaggio a Roma)
  • Director

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances at the Met
2007
  • Director
  • 2010
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Director

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