"Beauty is the only quality that makes us men from birth. A body, a gesture and a color that inebriate us are the only incentive allowed to man to create a work of art and join God".
As a tribute to Franco Zeffirelli, today I remember three films he directed.
Zeffirelli was a visionary talent able to reimagine Shakespeare:
"The Taming of the Shrew" (1967).
While initially to star two italian actors, it was heavily funded by Hollywood couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who eventually assumed the two leading roles.
Screenwriters have done neat job, infusing dislog without Bard's memory over-much.
The two stars pack plenty of wallop making their roles flamboyant with a larger-than-life Burton playing for plenty of sly laughs in the uninhibited wife-beating lark.
"Romeo and Juliet" (1968) with Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey.
It won Academy Awards for Best Costume Design (Danilo Donati); it was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture.
In Romeo and Juliet Zeffirelli chose very young actors, bringing of freshness to the work. To such an extent that criticism and the public have him reason: it was a very successful film, but without stars, and he had the merit of many young people closer to Shakespeare, giving new popularity to these classics.
It was a viewed by generations of school students studying the Shakespeare drama.
"Hamlet" (1990) with Mel Gibson.
This Hamlet finally stands or fall on Mel Gibson's performance, and I think it will surprise some viewers with its streght and appeal. He has not been overawed by Shakespeare, has not fallen into a trap of taking this role too solennly and lugubriously. He has observed the young man of the earlier and less troubled scenes, and started his performance from there, instead of letting every nuance be a foreshadow of what is to come. It's a strong, intelligent performance, filled with life, and it makes this into a surprisingly robust "Hamlet".
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It was nearly impossible for me to make a selection of Franco Zeffirelli’s legacy as I like pretty much every thing he did throughout his rich, long and eventful live (1923 - 2019). All I can say is that I long admired his talent for opera designs and legendary productions, but I do not forget his achievements as movie director. He started as a young assistant (and lover) of Visconti, but moved on and succeeded in convincing Callas that she should try lighter roles and their Turco in Italia in 1955 was a great success. He of course later directed her in Tosca and Norma. Another spectacular achievement was how he transformed a young and rather clumsy Joan Sutherland into a prima donna assoluta in Lucia di Lammermoor in 1959 (at Coven Garden) then in Alcina (at La Fenice). His lavish productions were always flamboyant, like Traviata with Teresa Stratas, or Samuel Barber’s Anthony and Cleopatra (with Leontyne Price) which opened the new house in Lincoln Center in 1966. He also knew his Shakespeare and directed a very young Judy Dench at the Old Vic in Romeo and Juliet in 1960, and made three beautiful movies based on Sakespeare’s plays (Romeo and Juliet which earned him an Academy Award nomination, the Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor, and Hamlet with Mel Gibson). Franco Zeffirelli died on 15 June 2019, at 96.
I finally got around to Blood Father, adapted by Peter Craig (from his novel) and the wonderful Andrea Berloff, and directed by Jean-François Richet. A deeply moving cinematic character study. Grim and real depiction of a father and daughter searching for salvation.⠀
Check out the horrible things that Satan did to Jim Caviezel during the filming of The Passion of the Christ (2004). No wonder, he and Billy Graham together point us in the location of who the true Jesus is. Notice how Jim is holding a lamb like a little baby. Notice then Billy Graham has a baby doll and is in front of a door to a tree. Then in Ian McCormack a Glimpse of Eternity on YouTube, the only real story of Jesus on the Internet, is standing in front of the door to Heaven in front of a tree with sheep. Remember the film Knowing with Nicolas Cage (2009)? Right before the rapture, the children received white bunnies. Jim's little lamb looks similar to the cuddly bunnies they received. I used the film Knowing (2009) because Nicolas Cage was left behind in the film. He also played in the film Left Behind (2014), and his house in the film had the same outdoor covered patio that Billy Graham's family had when he was growing up...as seen in the film Billy Graham The Early Years (2008). #jimcaviezelove #passionofthechrist #bgea #catholic #presbyterian #southernbaptistconvention #billygraham #franklingraham #melgibson #nicolascage #messianicjews #christianstudents #messianiccommunity #messianicchristian #maga #republicans
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La storia vera del Professor James Murray al quale viene affidata la redazione del primo dizionario al mondo che racchiuda tutte le parole di lingua inglese. Per far ciò il Professore avrà l'idea di coinvolgere la gente comune invitandola a mandare via posta il maggior numero di parole possibili. Arrivato però ad un punto morto, riceve la lettera di William Chester un ex professore ricoverato in un manicomio perché giudicato malato di mente. Le migliaia di parole che il Dr. Chester sta mandando via posta sono talmente fondamentali per la compilazione del dizionario che i due formeranno un'insolita alleanza che si trasformerà in una splendida amicizia.
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