Franco Zeffirelli is an Italian film director. He is also an opera director, designer and producer of opera, theatre, film and television. Internationally, he is best known for having directed the 1968 film version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for which he was nominated to receive an Academy Award. His 1977 television mini-series “Jesus of Nazareth” also won acclaim and is still shown on Easter weekend in many countries.
In November 2004 Zeffirelli was awarded an honorary knighthood by the United Kingdom. In 1999 he received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He has been a member of the Italian senate since 1996, representing the Forza Italia party.
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