The famous Director Zeffirelli turned 85
Outstanding theatre and film Director Franco Zeffirelli turns 85 years. Maestro Zeffirelli is known worldwide as a talented Director of films and Opera classics, including the operas Tosca, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Traviata, Carmen and many other musical masterpieces, ITAR-TASS reported.The film, which was made famous Zeffirelli in the 1960's, "the taming of the shrew" with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The second picture of "Romeo and Juliet" in 1968, received the "Oscar" in the category "Best film" and "Best Director". Then there were the "hamlet" with Mel Gibson, "Otello" with Placido Domingo, "La Traviata", "Tea with Mussolini", "the Story of Prunella", "Brother Sun, sister Moon". The last film "Callas forever" was released in 2002.Franco Zeffirelli awarded many honorary awards and titles, among them - the first joint award of the President of Russia and Prime Minister of Italy "Finest Italian friend of Russia" (2004), the title of knight of the British Empire "for his valuable contribution to British art" (2004).In addition, the famous Director is the winner of the national presidential award Italy in the field of culture "David di Donatello", the Rome prize UTO Hugo "for a career" (2005) , American Emmy award, award, British Academy film awards at festivals in Karlovy vary, San Sebastian and Cannes.Franco Zeffirelli, whose real name Gianfranco Corsi, was born in 1923 in Florence. Until 1945 he studied at the Academy of fine arts, then, refusing to serve in the Nazi army, he joined the partisans and a half years fighting in the mountains. In 1946 Zeffirelli moved to Rome, became a theater artist and actor.Early in his career he got a role in the Luchino Visconti in "Crime and punishment" by Dostoyevsky, and then did sets and costumes for many performances staged Visconti, including for the play "Three sisters" by Chekhov. The design of the "Three sisters" brought him success, and in 1953 he was invited to Milan's "La Scala". Only in the biography of Franco Zeffirelli, there are about 30 movies and 100 operas.Zeffirelli has worked with renowned Opera singers and actors, as Placido Domingo, Maria Callas, Elena Obraztsova, Luciano Pavarotti, Laurence Olivier, Marcello Mastroianni, Mel Gibson, Judi Dench, Michael York, Elizabeth Taylor, Graham Faulkner.Among the most recent creative achievements Zeffirelli - held recently at the Rome Opera evening dedicated to his beloved heroine, the great singer Maria Callas. It was timed to the 50th anniversary unpleasant and still outstanding episode in Roman history stage biography of Callas, when the singer who sang in the Opera "Norma", refused to go on stage in the second act and left the Italian capital. Zeffirelli took part in this evening of "forgiveness and memories", along with the singers, Directors, designers and theatre practitioners, who gave a tribute to Maria Callas.Franco Zeffirelli was a member of the Italian Parliament from the party "Forward, Italy". In 2005 he became a "special Advisor to the Ministry of culture". Recently there was a rumor that the Maestro allegedly invited for the post of papal "image-maker" to the court of Benedict XVI, but the press service of the Holy see this message denied. Source: the famous Director Zeffirelli turned 85.