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ITALIAN director Franco Zeffirelli, who was famed for productions including the 1968 movie adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, has died in Rome at the age of 96.

Zeffirelli's son, Luciano, said his father had died at home, adding he "had suffered for a while, but he left in a peaceful way".

The director delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and often extravagant productions, most famously captured in the lavish TV mini-series, Jesus of Nazareth.

Zeffirelli made it his mission to make culture accessible to the masses, often seeking inspiration in Shakespeare and other literary greats for his films, as well as producing operas aimed at TV audiences.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2019
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