Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

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Franco Zeffirelli did the 1968 “hippy opera” “Romeo & Juliet,” shot in his native Italy, one of the more lavish Shakespeare adaptations to hit the screen.

He was a lovely stylist who directed operas and lush operatic movies, the best of them.

He did the Mel Gibson “Hamlet,” too. “Tea with Mussolini,” etc. 

 

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