Franco Zeffirelli, Oscar-nominated Italian director known for 1968 film Romeo and Juliet, passes away at 96

Franco Zeffirelli directed a version of Romeo and Juliet in 1968 for which he received an Oscar-nomination.

Asian News International June 16, 2019 09:05:55 IST
Franco Zeffirelli, Oscar-nominated Italian director known for 1968 film Romeo and Juliet, passes away at 96

Oscar-nominated director Franco Zeffirelli passed away at 96.

Franco Zeffirelli Oscarnominated Italian director known for 1968 film Romeo and Juliet passes away at 96

Franco Zeffirelli died at the age of 96. Image from Twitter

Highly known for his luxurious set designs, Zeffirelli died at his residence on Saturday, 15 June, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Italian legend directed a version of Romeo and Juliet in 1968 for which he received an Oscar-nomination. His version of Romeo and Juliet starring Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting earned him an Academy-nomination in the best picture category. The film also won Oscars for best cinematography and costume design.

Zeffirelli also wrote and directed another adaptation of Shakespeare's classics, The Taming of the Shrew, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In 1990, he directed the adaptation of the writer's  Brother Sun, Sister Moon,.

Apart from Shakespeare's classics, Zeffirelli also directed films like Brother Sun, Sister Moon, which was based on the life of St Francis of Assisi in 1972. Five years later, in 1979, Zeffirelli directed an international miniseries titled Jesus of Nazareth.

Before entering into the film business, Zeffirelli worked on theatre and opera, he designed costumes and sets and also directed some projects for much of the 1950s and '60s.

During the course of his career, the director earned five David di Donatello Awards from his home country.

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