Franco Zeffirelli

Franco Zeffirelli

Highest Rated: 95% Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Lowest Rated: 26% Endless Love (1981)

Birthday: Feb 12, 1923

Birthplace: Florence, Italy

Having emerged from his native Italy as one of that country's most revered directors, Franco Zeffirelli's distinctive career reflected his reverence for the classics of music and literature. Nearly all his films were lavish adaptations that utilized lush locations, extravagant sets and sumptuous costumes, which he first put on display in his contemporary-minded rendition of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967). He vaulted onto the international stage with another adaptation of the Bard's work, "Romeo and Juliet" (1968), which featured inspired casting and a modern thematic take that helped it become a box office smash. After struggling a bit in the next decade, Zeffirelli delivered a stunning and rather reverent examination of "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC, 1977), and on the big screen directed a remake of the 1931 Jackie Cooper movie, "The Champ" (1979). In the following decade, Zeffirelli focused much of his attention on opera, directing "La Bohème" (1982) and "Don Giovanni" for the stage, and "La Traviata" (1983) for the screen. He went on to turn action star Mel Gibson into a bona fide thespian in his shortened adaptation of "Hamlet" (1990), before tapping into his own life to direct the semi-autobiographical "Tea with Mussolini" (1999), which earned the highest praise of his career. Though his films were filled with detail that sometimes tended to overwhelm, Zeffielli nonetheless remained a daring filmmaker unafraid to pursue risky projects in an otherwise predictable commercial market. Franco Zeffirelli died in Rome on June 15, 2019 at the age of 96.




No Score Yet No Score Yet Turandot Director - 2019
No Score Yet 57% The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films Unknown (Character) - 2014
41% 54% Callas Forever Director,
$446.0K 2002
63% 76% Tea With Mussolini Director,
$14.4M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Eyre Director,
$5.2M 1996
74% 68% Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre Director - 1996
No Score Yet 94% Sparrow Director - 1993
76% 59% Hamlet Director,
$18.2M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Toscanini Director - 1988
No Score Yet 48% Otello Director $155.0K 1986
No Score Yet 100% La Traviata Director - 1982
26% 52% Endless Love Director - 1981
40% 82% The Champ Director - 1979
42% 77% Brother Sun, Sister Moon Director,
- 1973
95% 74% Romeo and Juliet Director,
- 1968
83% 73% The Taming of the Shrew Director,
- 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Boheme Director - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Bohème Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Camping Director - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Angelina Unknown (Character) - 1947


No Score Yet 100% Jesus of Nazareth Director