Franco Zeffirelli
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"Franco Zeffirelli", Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire/KBE is an Italian film director/director and film producer/producer of films and television. He is also a opera director/director and designer of Italian opera/operas and a former Italian senate/senator (1994–2001) for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia party.

He is principally known for his 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet (1968 film)/Romeo and Juliet, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, although his 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew (1967 film)/The Taming of the Shrew (with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) remains the best-known film adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew/that play as well. His miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (miniseries)/Jesus of Nazareth (1977) won acclaim and is still shown on Easter weekend in many countries.

He received an honorary knighthood from the British government in 2004 when he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

He was awarded the Premio Colosseo in 2009 by the city of Rome.

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