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