"Director: Franco Zeffirelli"

  • Tea With MussoliniTea With Mussolini | DVD | (01/02/2010) from £5.79   |  Saving you £10.19 (363.93%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Florence 1934. A diverse group of cultured ladies meet for tea each afternoon: Lady Hester Random widow of the British Ambassador to Italy Arabella an artist and singer Georgie the exuberant American archaeologist and the brash and uninhibited Elsa. One of their fold Mary becomes surrogate mother to a young boy Luca and he is soon virtually adopted and brought up by the group of ladies. But the shifting political climate begins to have serious consequences for this unconventional community and the maturing Luca must face up to a personal challenge of independence.

  • Jesus of Nazareth [DVD]Jesus of Nazareth | DVD | (11/04/2011) from £4.85   |  Saving you £20.14 (415.26%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Franco Zeffirelli's epic TV retelling of Jesus' life was filmed in Morocco and Tunisia with an all-star cast, including Robert Powell in the lead role. The script, co-written by renowned author Anthony Burgess, attempts to remain faithful to its source by using material from all four Gospels.

  • Tea With Mussolini/How To Make An American QuiltTea With Mussolini/How To Make An American Quilt | DVD | (26/02/2007) from £12.13   |  Saving you £0.86 (7.09%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Tea With Mussolini (Dir. Franco Zeffirelli 1999): Florence 1934. A diverse group of cultured ladies meet for tea each afternoon: Lady Hester Random widow of the British Ambassador to Italy Arabella an artist and singer Georgie the exuberant American archaeologist and the brash and uninhibited Elsa. One of their fold Mary becomes surrogate mother to a young boy Luca and he is soon virtually adopted and brought up by the group of ladies. But the shifting political climate begins to have serious consequences for this unconventional community and the maturing Luca must face up to a personal challenge of independence. How To Make An american Quilt (Dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse 1995): Berkeley graduate student Finn (Winona Ryder) is spending the summer at the home of her sparring grandmother and great aunt (Oscar-winners Ellen Burstyn & Anne Bancroft). Their house is a quiet haven where Finn intends to finish her latest thesis and think over a marriage proposal. But when she meets sexy smoldering Leon things begin to get complicated. As she wrestles with her decision the women in her grandmother's quilting bee confide to her the stories of the loves that shaped their own lives. ""How to Make an American Quilt"" brings unbridled passion true love betrayal joy and heartbreak vividly to life in a touchingly funny cinematic tapestry that celebrates finding your way and following your heart.

  • Romeo And Juliet [DVD]Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £6.35   |  Saving you £9.64 (151.81%)   |  RRP £15.99

    When beautiful heiress Juliet attends a dance, she's smitten with Romeo, the young man of her dreams. But with feuding families, their love is forbidden, so they meet secretly to declare their passion. When their deceit results in tragedy, they must separate and go into hiding. Will they risk their very lives for one more blissful embrace? Shakespeare's stunning testament to undying love is brilliantly visualized by Italian director Franco Zeffirelli in a classic motion picture that won four ...

  • Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni / Pagliacci - Leoncavallo [1983]Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni / Pagliacci - Leoncavallo | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £14.09   |  Saving you £-0.10 (N/A%)   |  RRP £13.99

    The great Italian stage and screen director Franco Zeffirelli made these widely acclaimed films both starring Placido Domingo with Georges Pretre conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala. Pagliacci which co-stars the great singing actress Teresa Stratas brought Zeffirelli the coveted Emmy as Best Director in the category of Classical Music Programming. Cavalleria was filmed on location in Sicily which adds immeasurably to the power and atmosphere of this timeless story of love honour justice and violence.

  • Verdi - La TraviataVerdi - La Traviata | DVD | (12/11/2007) from £13.16   |  Saving you £6.82 (67.06%)   |  RRP £16.99

    Acclaimed film and stage director Franco Zeffirelli spared no costs to reproduce the opulent setting of Violetta Val''ry''s happiness and downfall. The unparalleled musical quality of the production is guaranteed by some of the world''s most famous musicians: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra of New York conductor James Levine and singers Teresa Stratas and Placido Domingo. As Violetta soprano Teresa Stratas strikes the right balance between emotional grandeur and physical weakness. And with his meltingly lyrical voice and magnetic stage presence Placido Domingo embodies Alfredo Germont with a rarely seen passion.

  • Endless Love [1981]Endless Love | DVD | (06/04/2009) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The love every parent fears. A modern variation on the Romeo and Juliet theme Endless Love features that Oscar-nominated song performed by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli this timeless romance stars Brooke Shields as Jade who becomes the true love and obsession of the boy next door David. However their young love is so overwhelming that they loose touch with everything else forcing the parents of these star-crossed lovers to tr

  • Hamlet [1990]Hamlet | DVD | (05/01/2009) from £10.49   |  Saving you £2.50 (23.83%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Hamlet (1991)

  • OtelloOtello | DVD | (11/04/2005) from £9.43   |  Saving you £6.56 (41.00%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Internationally renowned director Franco Zeffirelli brings Verdi's masterpiece to the screen. Based on Shakespeare's enduring classic 'Otello' is an epic tragedy of jealousy and betrayal. When the scheming Iago (Diaz) believes Otello (Domingo) has overlooked him for promotion he wreaks a subtle and terrible revenge on his master convincing him that his young wife Desdemona (Katia Ricciarelli) is unfaithful. Otello realises the deception too late spiralling into madness and murd

  • Romeo And Juliet [1968]Romeo And Juliet | DVD | (03/02/2003) from £6.73   |  Saving you £6.26 (48.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Italian director Franco Zeffirelli stunned the world when he cast two young unknowns to portray the star crossed lovers in 'Romeo and Juliet' but it was a gamble that resulted in one of the most popular motion pictures of the time winning international acclaim and two Academy Awards. Shakespeare's classic romance comes to stunning visual life in a modern young person's interpretation bringing new vitality and a fresh insight to the most durable love story ever written.

  • Mona Lisa Smile/Tea With Mussolini/Legends of the Fall [DVD]Mona Lisa Smile/Tea With Mussolini/Legends of the Fall | DVD | (06/02/2012) from £12.13   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Mona Lisa Smile: Set in 1953, Katherine Watson (Roberts) is a free-spirited graduate of UC Berkeley who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College, a women-only school where the students are torn between the repressive mores of the time and their longing for intellectual freedom.Tea With Mussolini: Florence, 1934. A diverse group of cultured ladies meet for tea each afternoon: Lady Hester Random, widow of the British Ambassador to Italy, Arabella, an artist and singer, Georgie, the exuberant American archaeologist, and the brash and uninhibited Elsa. One of their fold, Mary, becomes surrogate mother to a young boy, Luca, and he is soon virtually adopted and brought up by the group of ladies. But the shifting political climate begins to have serious consequences for this unconventional community and the maturing Luca must face up to a personal challenge of independence.Legends Of The Fall: Colonel William Ludlow (Sir Anthony Hopkins) built a ranch in the remote foothills of the Montana Rockies where he brought up his three sons away from the carnage of the Indian wars. Alfred (Aidan Quinn) the eldest, is dutiful and reserved, Samuel (Henry Thomas) the beloved youngest, is compassionate and idealistic, while the middle brother Tristan (Brad Pitt) has a wild untameable spirit. Into this masculine world enters Susannah Finncannon (Julia Ormond), a beautiful intelligent woman who stirs a passion and rivalry in all three brothers that will change the course of their lives and shape their destinies forever. From the rugged prairie lands of 19th Century America to the trenches of World War I and the changing world beyond, 'Legends of the Fall' is a sweeping, star-studded epic - a passionate journey into the darkest secrets of love, betrayal and the unbreakable bonds of blood.

  • La Boheme [2008]La Boheme | DVD | (15/09/2008) from £14.19   |  Saving you £-2.20 (N/A%)   |  RRP £11.99

    Angela Gheorghiu leads a magnificent cast in Franco Zeffirelli's iconic production of Puccini's La Boh''me - filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in Hi-Definition. This grand sumptuous production of Puccini's timeless masterpiece is brought to you on DVD by EMI Classics continuing its collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera and its hugely successful Metropolitan Opera : Live in High-Definition series. La Boh''me set in Paris around 1830 depicts a society fraught with conflict. Amid the turmoil it is the love that blossoms between two young artists in a time that appears both bleak and turbulent that makes this story so very special. Mim'' and Rodolfo sung by Angela Gheorghiu and Ram''n Vargas respectively charm as the young couple that fall in love while Marcello and Musetta are sung by Ludovic Tezier and Ainhoa Arteta. Gheorghiu the leading Puccini soprano of our time reprises the role of Mim'' at the MET for the first time in twelve years. She sings the role with the beauty and perfection that is expected by an artist of her great stature and experience. Following its debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1981 Franco Zeffirelli's stunning production is as loved and as magnificent today as the day it was first staged over 27 years ago. This live broadcast is therefore the 347th time Zeffirelli's Boh''me has been performed making this the most performed production in the MET's history. Only the hardest of hearts will remain untouched by this passionate and unforgettable story depicting the joys and sorrows of love and loss.

  • The Taming Of The Shrew [1967]The Taming Of The Shrew | DVD | (19/03/2001) from £7.77   |  Saving you £12.22 (157.27%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The 1967 Franco Zeffirelli film of The Taming of the Shrew had all the ingredients to make it a high point in Shakespearian cinema. In Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor it starred the most bankable couple in Hollywood history as the sparring leads in the Bard's quick-firing comic battle of the sexes; and in Zeffirelli, it had a director with a Shakespearian pedigree second to none. But the reality is that this is Burton's picture all the way. His Petruchio is a weighty performance of such intelligence that the whole film is thrown off-kilter whenever he is on screen and the other performers just can't keep up. Apart from Michael Hordern's wonderfully distracted Baptista, Burton is the only actor in total, effortless command of the language. Taylor's bosomy glamour and fiery spirit are ample compensations for her occasionally murderous treatment of Katharina's verse. Whether or not she is really tamed by the end is another matter: those legendary violet eyes suggest otherwise. Ultimately it's a rich, bawdy and colourful romp, with Burton at the peak of his powers. The DVD includes the theatrical trailer, a "making-of" featurette and filmographies. --Piers Ford

  • Blue Lagoon/Only You/Endless Love [1980]Blue Lagoon/Only You/Endless Love | DVD | (21/01/2008) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Endless Love: Directed by Franco Zeffirelli this timeless romance stars Brooke Shields as Jade who becomes the true love and obsession of the boy next door David. However their young love is so overwhelming that they loose touch with everything else forcing the parents of these star-crossed lovers to try to seperate them with disastrous effects. Now David has to win back their approval but can he do it before they are seperated forever? The Blue Lagoon: The lush beauty and splendor of a South Pacific paradise is vividly captured in this version of Henry DeVere Stacpoole's 1903 novel. Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon however the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. As time passes the kids enter puberty and begin to discover their sexuality. Without realizing what's happening to her Em becomes pregnant and gives birth. With the baby comes responsibility and the wonder of discovery as the parents themselves still children learn what it means to have another human life dependent on them... Only You: From the Oscar Winning Director of 'Moonstruck' comes a star studded irresistibly romantic comedy about a once-in-a-lifetime date with destiny. Faith (Marisa Tomei) is looking for her soul mate but he's not the man she's about to marry! She's known his name - Damon Bradley - since childhood but that's all the Ouija board ever told her. Now following a slim lead and with her best friend Kate (Bonnie Hunt) in tow Faith takes off to Italy in a last-ditch attempt to find her destiny. Here she stumbles into Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) who doesn't need a Ouija Board to tell him that Faith is his soul mate. The only trouble is his name doesn't fit the bill - and Faith is determined that her romantic quest must continue. From the stunning Adriatic to the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast Faith chases her destiny and Peter chases Faith ever hopeful that her ""Mr Wrong"" can eventually become ""Mr Right"".

  • Jesus Of Nazareth [1977]Jesus Of Nazareth | DVD | (16/10/2006) from £20.23   |  Saving you £4.76 (23.53%)   |  RRP £24.99

    From before the nativity to the Crucifixion and Resurrection Jesus Of Nazareth brings to life all the majesty and sweeping drama of the Gospels. This extended version features an additional 2 hours of footage not seen before! Robert Powell plays Jesus and a star-studded international cast adds depth and humanity to the roles of the saints sinners and ordinary people who walked in the footsteps of the Lord. The film shows the setting and background for the birth childhood and many miracles of the Messiah culminating in the Divine Resurrection. Directed by Oscar nominee Franco Zeffirelli and acclaimed by critics and religious leaders worldwide Jesus Of Nazareth tells the greatest of all stories with tremendous emotion and splendour.

  • Jane Eyre [1996]Jane Eyre | DVD | (30/06/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Jane Eyre is a poor orphan brought up by a wealthy Aunt who is determined she should never forget her impoverished background. Surviving the cruelty of an oppressive boarding school she becomes the governess of Thornfield Hall owned by the enigmatic and rarely seen Mr Rochester. When Jane finally meets Mr Rochester in the flesh she is consumed by an overwhelming attraction towards him that soon becomes mutual.

  • La Boheme - PucciniLa Boheme - Puccini | DVD | (06/12/2004) from £33.73   |  Saving you £-8.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    La Boheme - Recorded live at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi Milan February 2003 - Staged by the Teatro all Scala.

  • Jesus Of Nazareth [1977]Jesus Of Nazareth | DVD | (27/03/2000) from £17.53   |  Saving you £2.46 (14.03%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Originally made for TV in 1977, this in-depth version of Jesus' life is so thorough that the first hour is devoted solely to the story of his birth. The film doesn't skimp on some of the other landmark events of this famous story either. Director Franco Zeffirelli gives ample screen time each to the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Passages of the Bible are quoted verbatim, the locations have a Palestine-like authenticity, and, aside from some of the principals (Robert Powell as Jesus, Olivia Hussey as Mary, and Stacy Keach as Barabbas), many of the non-Roman characters are actually played by Semitic-looking actors. Zeffirelli diligently provides the socio-political background that gave rise to Jesus' following and the crisis in belief it caused for the people of Israel (and one or two Romans). --Kimberly Heinrichs, Amazon.com

  • Verdi: Aida -- Zeffirelli [2001]Verdi: Aida -- Zeffirelli | DVD | (03/12/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £23.99

    This 2001 production of Aida was mounted in Busseto, near to Verdi’s birthplace to mark the opening of his centenary year (1813-1901). The cast of young singers, all at the start of their careers, were directed by veteran Franco Zeffirelli and coached by the great Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi. It’s a handsome production, in period, with striking sets and costumes, beautifully caught on camera, mounted in the relative intimacy of the theatre which bears the composer’s name. Aida is a difficult opera to stage. No other mainstream work combines the features of grand opera, parades and large crowd scenes with intimate exchanges between the main characters--the slave Aida, her father Amonasro, King of Ethiopia, Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt and Radames, Captain of the Egyptian guards who loves Amneris and Aida. Here the home viewer can follow the machinations of the plot close up as well as witnessing the spectacle, though like most modern stagings there are no animals on parade (in fact this production makes a sizeable musical cut in this biggest of ensembles and elsewhere a short dance is omitted). The young cast show some inexperience in their acting, some gestures are overdone, others look a trifle wooden, but the singing is of a remarkably high standard led by the Aida of Adina Aaron who grows into her role, vocally speaking, and in moments of contemplation produces some very beautiful singing. Her Radames (Paolo Pecchioli) has the looks and physique for the part with lungs to match. Amneris (Kate Aldrich) also possesses winning looks, so it’s something of a shame that her costume hides these attributes. On the DVD: The "making of" feature focuses on Zeffirelli, speaking in Italian and English, exhorting his singers to explore their characters and motives to the extent that we hear not a word from other members of the production team, which in the case of Bergonzi is a great shame. The secure playing of the orchestra of the Arturo Toscanini foundation under the firm baton of Massimiliano Stefanelli comes up well in the Dolby Digital or DTS sound options, while the video direction makes the most of the setting. No one looking for a traditional staging of Aida will be disappointed with this two-disc set.--Adrian Edwards

  • Verdi - Don Carlo (Muti, Pavarotti, Ramey)Verdi - Don Carlo (Muti, Pavarotti, Ramey) | DVD | (03/05/2004) from £12.89   |  Saving you £1.10 (7.90%)   |  RRP £13.99

    This 1992 live recording of DON CARLO at La Scala Milano is directed by Franco Zeffirelli and features a highly prestigious cast. Luciano Pavarotti Samuel Ramey and Paolo Coni all figure largely throughout making this one of the greatest renditions of Verdi's works available.

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