Legendary Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, whose credits included The Taming of the Shrew & Jesus of Nazareth, has died aged 96.
He died on Saturday a spokeswoman for his foundation in Rome confirmed. He had been debilitated by pnuemonia he contracted around two weeks ago but had failed to recover.
Zeffirelli, whose prolific work in the second half of the 20th century established him as one of the country’s most cherished creative figures, had been debilitated by pnuemonia he contracted
Known for theatre, opera and film his 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet earned him an Oscar nomination, while his film The Taming of the Shrew, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, endures as one of the 20th century’s most celebrated retellings of a Shakespearean comedy.
Operatic films included La Traviata and Otello, regarded as classics of the genre, and the director staged shows in many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including many for television.
Jesus of Nazareth a pioneering British television miniseries, further cemented his status as a leading artistic figure of recent decades.