RIP Franco Zeffirelli

by Paok-Kilkis | created - 3 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Italian writer and director Franco Zeffirelli passed away on 15 June, 2019, at the age of 96. Which of these international films is your favorite Zeffirelli-directed movie?

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1. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 17,972

2. The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio (Richard Burton) tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor).

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern

Votes: 6,789 | Gross: $8.00M

3. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Romance

When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 27,640 | Gross: $38.90M

4. Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

PG | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 3,850

5. The Champ (1979)

PG | 121 min | Drama, Sport

38 Metascore

A former boxer discovers that his biggest battle of all is going to be with his ex-wife, Annie, who returns after abandoning their young son seven years prior.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden

Votes: 7,303 | Gross: $30.44M

6. Endless Love (1981)

R | 116 min | Drama, Romance

30 Metascore

A high school student's love for a 15-year-old girl is thwarted by parental disapproval, circumstance and accident. He burned down her family's house and was committed in a mental hospital.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight, Don Murray

Votes: 6,602 | Gross: $31.18M

7. La traviata (1982)

G | 109 min | Drama, Music

Violetta meets Alfredo and quickly falls for him. After the lovers run away together, they live in bliss for a short time. However, Alfredo's father, Giorgio, starts to interfere, concerned... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, Allan Monk

Votes: 1,259 | Gross: $3.78M

8. Otello (1986)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Music

Based on Shakespeare's play, Verdi's opera depicts the devastating effects of jealousy, "...the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon". Believing Otello has promoted the... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Díaz, Petra Malakova

Votes: 469 | Gross: $0.19M

9. Young Toscanini (1988)

109 min | Biography, Drama

A fanciful biopic of legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini as a very young man.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophie Ward, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 199

10. Hamlet (1990)

PG | 135 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield

Votes: 20,289 | Gross: $20.71M

11. Sparrow (1993)

106 min | Drama

Catania, Sicily, 1854. An epidemic of cholera is hitting the region. 16-year old novice Maria leaves her convent and returns home to avoid the plague. Her stepmother and her half-sisters ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Angela Bettis, Johnathon Schaech, Eva Alexander, Andreá Cassar

Votes: 445

12. Jane Eyre (1996)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There she learns to become a teacher and eventually seeks ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: William Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anna Paquin, Nic Knight

Votes: 8,579 | Gross: $5.20M

13. Tea with Mussolini (1999)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, War

53 Metascore

An orphaned Italian boy is raised among a circle of British and American women living in Mussolini's Italy before and during the Second World War.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Cher

Votes: 10,457 | Gross: $14.35M

14. Callas Forever (2002)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The last days of legendary opera singer Maria Callas.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Joan Plowright, Jay Rodan

Votes: 2,008 | Gross: $0.45M



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