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Franco Zeffirelli, 1923–2019

In the Charlie Rose interview above from 1996, Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli talks about his new project, an adaptation of “Jane Eyre”. He was usually a man of the classics; after all, his breakthrough came with two very popular Shakespeare adaptations. Yesterday, he passed away at the age of 96. Born in Florence, Franco Zeffirelli … Continue reading Franco Zeffirelli, 1923–2019

Tea with Mussolini

A STORY OF CIVILIZED DISOBEDIENCE.  Florence, 1935; Mary Wallace (Joan Plowright) takes care of an unloved boy and introduces him to a colorful group of expatriate British and American women called the Scorpioni. Franco Zeffirelli based this film on personal boyhood memories from World War II and tells the story of how the Scorpioni found … Continue reading Tea with Mussolini