Franco Zeffirelli

In occasione del centenario della sua nascita è un immenso piacere tributare Franco Zeffirelli, uno tra gli artisti più grandi, colti e influenti del novecento.

Nato a Firenze il 12 febbraio 1923, non tutti sanno che vide la luce al di fuori da un matrimonio, che all’epoca significava non poter portare né il cognome paterno e tantomeno quello materno: fu così che la madre optò per Zeffirelli, ispirata dagli zeffiretti intonati nell’Idomeneo di Mozart. La sua carriera scorre tra opere teatrali, cinema e televisione, con le prime due in simbiosi per estrazione Shakespeariana, con le trasposizioni per il piccolo schermo de La bisbetica domata e Romeo e Giulietta: quest’ultima gli valse la candidatura all’oscar per la miglior regia. Altri suoi film memorabili sono Fratello sole sorella luna, Il campione, lLa traviata, Amleto, Il giovane Toscanini, Amore per sempre, Jane Eyre, Un té con Mussolini e Callas forever, in mezzo ai quali girò un ritorno di fiamma per Shakespeare, Amleto nel 1990. Doveroso evidenziare inoltre la grandezza del suo capolavoro per il piccolo schermo Gesù di Nazareth, esemplare per il realismo degli eventi narrati.

Franco è tra i registi italiani eletti a cineasti di respiro internazionale per il suo stile elegante e l’empatia per dramma e sentimenti, con un sussulto per la messa in scena spettacolare ed estetica. Una ricerca effettuata dagli studiosi Agnese Sabato e Alessandro Vezzosi ha riscontrato la discendenza di Zeffirelli con la famiglia del grande Leonardo Da Vinci.

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