FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI – DIRECTING FROM LIFE

UK 2018, 58 min.

Directed by Chris Hunt

The first major documentary for many years on the life of Franco Zeffirelli, the greatest director of opera, films and filmed opera of all time, with clips from his greatest works and participation from Zeffirelli himself, Placido Domingo, Judi Dench, and many others.

Franco Zeffirelli is simply the greatest director of operas, movies and opera films of all time. His lavish productions of Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and Mozart operas are among the finest ever staged, and his films of ‘Otello’, ‘La Traviata’ and ‘I Pagliacci’ set the gold standard for works of this kind. His Shakespeare films, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, won Oscars and his ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ is widely seen as the finest of all biblical depictions. Zeffirelli, now 95, worked until he was 88 and struck a controversial, uncompromising and hedonistic figure, attracting friends and enemies in equal measure. This film is an intimate portrait of the man and director, the most authoritative ever produced in English, and features all the works mentioned above plus many more, along with contributions from the man himself, Pippo Zeffirelli hias adopted son, Sheila Pickles his secretary, Angela Allen his script supervisor and friend, actors Richard Burton, Robert Powell, Judi Dench,. Maggie Smith and Joan Plowright, singers Placido Domingo and Joan Sutherland, directors Stefan Trespidi and Marco Gardini, and producers Sonia Friedman and Dyson Lovell. What emerges is a biography of a man whose entire work was coloured by the loss of his mother when he was 6, with many of his chosen opera and movie subjects echoing aspects of her life and death.

Euro Cinema 05.04, 19:30
Lumiere Lidl 06.04, 17:30
Odeon 07.04, 19:15
G8 16.04, 19:15
Euro Cinema 18.04, 18:30
FCC – Varna 06.04, 18:30

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