Tag Archives: Franco Zeffirelli

Bernardo Bertolucci, 1941–2018

In the clip above, from the BBC interview series Scene by Scene, director Bernardo Bertolucci talks to Mark Cousins about what his relationship with Marlon Brando looked like during the making of Last Tango in Paris (1972). That movie has become increasingly controversial over the years because of how Bertolucci directed an infamous rape scene and how … Continue reading Bernardo Bertolucci, 1941–2018

The Best Shakespeare Films

400 years have passed since William Shakespeare died on April 23rd, 1616. I recently finished Stephen Greenblatt’s amazing 2004 book “Will in the World”, which vividly brings the Bard to life in a way that feels down to earth. By using the historical facts and records of Shakespeare’s life that we have, and tying them … Continue reading The Best Shakespeare Films

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