Franco Zeffirelli, Italian creator of sumptuous visuals, dies at 96

Franco Zeffirelli, Italian creator of sumptuous visuals, dies at 96
Devout Catholic was senator in Silvio Berlusconi’s right wing Forza Italia party.

Franco Zeffirelli, the director of extravagant film, theatre, television and opera whose feature credits included Romeo And Juliet, has died in Rome following a long illness. He was 96.

Zeffirelli was born in Florence in 1923. He trained as an architect, and became a set designer and opera director after the Second World War when he established himself as a creator of lavish visuals who would go on to direct renowned adaptations of operas such as La Boheme and Aida.

Critics took note of his film work when he
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