Italian film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli’s Saturday at the age of 96 passed away in his home in Rome, italy. He was praised for, among other things, his film of Romeo and Juliet (1968).
Zeffirelli was one of a generation of great Italian film makers, following the Second world War, including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, and Vittorio De Sica.
During his career, he has directed Zeffirelli, dozens of films, operas, and plays. He has worked with major stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Faye Dunaway and Jon Voight.
“By Franco Zeffirelli, one of the world’s most cultural men, died this morning,” said Dario Nardella, the mayor of Zeffirelli’s hometown, Florence, on Saturday, on Twitter. “Good day, dear maestro, of Florence, you will never be forgotten.”