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Franco Zeffirelli

Biography

Italian director from the 1968 traditional film version of Romeo and Juliet. His additional works consist of Jesus of Nazareth (tv miniseries) and Taming from the Shrew (a film version starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor). He analyzed art and structures at the University or college of Florence. During Globe Battle II, he fought in the Italian Level of resistance motion. He was openly homosexual, but he backed the Roman Catholic Chapel and even wanted to work as an image specialist for Pope Benedict XVI. His 1968 film Romeo and Juliet starred acclaimed film celebrity Olivia Hussey.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth February 12, 1923
Place Of Birth Florence, Italy
Profession Director
Education Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, University of Florence
Nationality Italian
Parents Adelaide Garosi, Ottorino Corsi
Awards David di Donatello for Best Director, David di Donatello Special Award, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film, BAFTA Award for Best Production Design, David di Donatello European David Award, Special Tony Award, National Board of Review Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Classical Music or Dance Programming - Directing
Nominations Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Production Design, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design, British Academy Television Award for Best Single Play
Movies Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Tea with Mussolini, The Taming of the Shrew, Jane Eyre, Endless Love, The Champ, Callas Forever, Otello, La Traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Young Toscanini, Sparrow, Florence: Days of Destruction, Homage to Rome, Angelina, La Bohème, The Mystery of Dante, Maria Callas: La Divina: A Portrait, Maria Callas: Living and Dying for Art and Love, Puccini: La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera), Maria Callas: The Eternal, The Metropolitan Opera: Puccini: Tosca, Mozart: Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera), Six Days in the Life of a Genius, Puccini: La Boheme, Camping, La Boheme, 12 Directors for 12 Cities, Don Carlo
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1Had a love affair with director Luchino Visconti during the shooting of Visconti's film Senso (1954).
2In 2004 he was awarded an honorary knighthood (KBE) by the United Kingdom.
3Member of the Italian Parliament from 1994 to 2001 for the rightist party Forza Italia, led by Silvio Berlusconi.
4Wrote the libretto for the Samuel Barber opera "Antony and Cleopatra" commissioned to open the new Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 1966.
5Received a Special 1962 Tony Award "for designs and direction of the Old Vic's 'Romeo and Juliet'." The following year, in 1963, he was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Scenic Designer for "The Lady of the Camellias."
6Has worked not only with former husband and wife Robert Stephens and Maggie Smith, but also with their son, Toby Stephens.
7For one scene in Romeo and Juliet (1968), Zeffirelli had to get special permission to show Olivia Hussey topless. Even so, Ms. Hussey was not allowed to attend the premier because of her age and the film's rating, even through the only bare breasts in the entire film were her own.
8He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Set Designer of 2003 for Absolutely! (Perhaps) performed at Wyndham's Theatre.


Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La bohème1979TV Movie staged by
Carmen1978TV Movie staged by
Lorenzaccio1977TV Movie directed for stage
Otello1976TV Movie stage director
Much Ado About Nothing1967TV Movie stage director
La Bohème1965stage production
Maria Callas at Covent Garden1964TV Special documentary stage director: opera
The Metropolitan Opera HD LiveTV Series production - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2014 production by - 1 episode, 2009 directed for stage - 1 episode, 2008
Carmen2010TV Movie directed for stage
Turandot2010TV Movie directed for stage
Aida2006/ITV Movie directed for stage
Madama Butterfly2004/IITV Movie stage director
La Bohème2003TV Movie directed for stage
Carmen2003TV Movie directed for stage
La traviata2002TV Movie production
Aida2001TV Movie directed for stage
Don Giovanni2000TV Movie directed for stage: Production
Pagliacci1998TV Movie opera director
The Metropolitan Opera PresentsTV Series production - 6 episodes, 1978 - 1997 stage director - 3 episodes, 1979 - 1985 opera director - 1 episode, 1992 production by - 1 episode, 1990 directed for stage - 1 episode, 1978
Don Carlo1992TV Movie opera director
Turandot1987TV Movie stage production by

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live2008-2014TV Series 4 episodes
Carmen2010TV Movie
Aida2006/ITV Movie
Madama Butterfly2004/IITV Movie
La Bohème2003TV Movie
Carmen2003TV Movie
La traviata2002TV Movie
Don Giovanni2000TV Movie
Pagliacci1998TV Movie
The Metropolitan Opera Presents1978-1997TV Series 9 episodes
La figlia del reggimento1996TV Movie
Don Carlo1992TV Movie
Turandot1987TV Movie
Otello1986
La traviata1982
La bohème1979TV Movie
Carmen1978TV Movie
Otello1976TV Movie
La Bohème1965
Maria Callas at Covent Garden1964TV Special documentary

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Omaggio a Roma2009Short
Callas Forever2002
Tea with Mussolini1999
Jane Eyre1996
Storia di una capinera1993
Don Carlo1992TV Movie
The King of Ads1991Documentary segment "Annabella Pavia commercial"
Hamlet1990
12 registi per 12 citt1989Documentary segment "Firenze"
Il giovane Toscanini1988
Otello1986
Cavalleria rusticana1982TV Movie
Pagliacci1982TV Movie
La traviata1982
Endless Love1981
The Champ1979
Jesus of Nazareth1977TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Brother Sun, Sister Moon1972
Romeo and Juliet1968
The Taming of the Shrew1967
Per Firenze1966TV Movie documentary
Maria Callas at Covent Garden1964TV Special documentary
Camping1958

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Omaggio a Roma2009Short screenwriter
Callas Forever2002original idea / scenario
Tea with Mussolini1999autobiography
Jane Eyre1996screenplay
Storia di una capinera1993screenplay and adaptation
Hamlet1990screenplay
Il giovane Toscanini1988original idea
Otello1986adaptation
La traviata1982written by
Jesus of Nazareth1977TV Mini-Series written by
Brother Sun, Sister Moon1972
Romeo and Juliet1968screenplay
The Taming of the Shrew1967screenplay

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lo scapolo1955assistant director
Senso1954assistant director
Bellissima1951assistant director
La Terra Trema1948assistant director

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pagliacci1998TV Movie
La figlia del reggimento1996TV Movie
The Metropolitan Opera Presents1992TV Series 1 episode
Otello1976TV Movie

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live2008TV Series set - 1 episode
La traviata2002TV Movie art supervisor
The Metropolitan Opera: Centennial Gala1983TV Special design: scenery for Act II of La Bohème

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dante's Project2015VideoNarrator
L'onorevole Angelina1947Filippo Garrone

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Andrea Chenier1955

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014Documentary our deepest appreciation
The Godfather: Part III1990thanks - as F. Zeffirelli

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Secrets d'histoire2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHimself
Colpo di scena2014TV SeriesHimself
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHimself
Il mistero di Dante2014Himself
Six Days in the Life of the Genius2013DocumentaryHimself
Franco Zeffirelli: The Art of Entertainment2010Documentary shortHimself
Legends2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Imagine2009TV Series documentaryHimself
L'abito e il volto2009DocumentaryHimself
Quelli che... il calcio2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Joan Sutherland: The Reluctant Prima Donna2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sartoria Tirelli - Vestire il cinema2006DocumentaryHimself
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
A proposito di... 'Bellissima'2005Video shortHimself
Maria Callas: Living and Dying for Art and Love2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
La Bohème2003TV MovieHimself - Regia
Visconti2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2002TV SeriesHimself
Vivement dimanche2002TV SeriesHimself
La traviata2002TV MovieHimself
Luchino Visconti1999DocumentaryHimself
Un amico magico: il maestro Nino Rota1999DocumentaryHimself
The Works1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The Persuader: The TV Times of Lord Lew Grade1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Maria Callas: La Divina - A Portrait1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Maria Callas: Life and Art1987TV MovieHimself
The Annual National Board of Review Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Omnibus1983-1986TV Series documentaryHimself
The Holywood Reporter Salutes Radie Harris1985TV MovieHimself
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Film '721980TV SeriesHimself
My Name Is Anna Magnani1980DocumentaryHimself
A fondo1980TV SeriesHimself
Clapper Board1979TV SeriesHimself
On Location with the Champ1979Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Callas: A Documentary1978TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Anno Domini1975TV SeriesHimself
Io e...1972TV Series documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHimself - Commenting on New Freedom and Trends in Film: Pre-Recorded
The Teen-Age Lovers of Verona1968TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director
Tempo1961-1964TV Series
Il mercato delle facce1952Documentary short

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Arena2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesHimself
Callas assoluta2007DocumentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Special Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsFor his 90 years of passion, culture and great cinema.
2013Career Golden GlobeGolden Globes, Italy
2003Director's Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
2002Special DavidDavid di Donatello Awards
1999Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World CinemaKarlovy Vary International Film Festival
1996Career AwardFlaiano International PrizesCinema
1991DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Hamlet (1990)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievements - Classical Music/Dance ProgrammingGreat Performances (1971)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement - Classical Music/Dance Programming - DirectingPagliacci (1982)
1984BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Production Design/Art DirectionLa traviata (1982)· Gianni Quaranta
1979European DavidDavid di Donatello Awards
1978Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Production Design (Migliore Scenografia)Jesus of Nazareth (1977)· Gianni Quaranta
1973OCIC AwardSan Sebastián International Film FestivalFratello sole, sorella luna (1972)
1972DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Director (Migliore Regia)Fratello sole, sorella luna (1972)
1969DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Director (Migliore Regista)Romeo and Juliet (1968)
1969Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Director (Regista del Miglior Film)Romeo and Juliet (1968)
1969NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest DirectorRomeo and Juliet (1968)
1968Honorary AwardThessaloniki Film FestivalRomeo and Juliet (1968)
1967PlateGolden Goblets, ItalyThe Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1995Golden KikitoGramado Film FestivalBest Latin Film (Melhor Filme)Storia di una capinera (1993)
1987BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmOtello (1986)· Menahem Golan
· Yoram Globus
1986Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalOtello (1986)
1984BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmLa traviata (1982)· Tarak Ben Ammar
1983OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Art Direction-Set DecorationLa traviata (1982)· Gianni Quaranta
1982Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorEndless Love (1981)
1981Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!)Endless Love (1981)
1978BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Single PlayJesus of Nazareth (1977)
1971Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsBest Director5th place.
1969OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorRomeo and Juliet (1968)
1969Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest DirectorRomeo and Juliet (1968)
1969BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionRomeo and Juliet (1968)
1969DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesRomeo and Juliet (1968)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDirector


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#Quote
1[on William Hurt] The most complicated actor I ever worked with.
2[About Totò che visse due volte (1998)] I must confess, from the bottom of my heart, my sadness and my discomfort to such a film devoid of any form of sentiment and values. In what society do we live? Why do you thus these films? Should be the heart of the matter. This is something that is deeply against humanity, society and the fundamental values of man and I think that in a case like this, total censorship is necessary. And as for me I will not see this movie because I already know what it is and I do not want to sully my eye.


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