Franco Zeffirelli: ‘Make it alive’

Posted in movies, music by Diane on August 20, 2009

Rachel Donadio’s NYT profile of Franco Zeffirelli made me want to go to Italy and visit with him, if not watch his movies. It’s utterly charming. Critics pan the maestro’s work, she notes early on in the story keyed to his operas, but “viewed from Italy — where less is never more — his style seems less over-the-top.” And he can’t help but direct the world around him. Her kicker: “In the story,” he said, turning to this reporter and rubbing his fingers together as if pinching salt, his face wincing in the evening glow, “make it alive, make it alive.” Read the story

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