Those high school field trips for the sake of fine arts education were special to me. I always appreciated them. They made my embrace of the arts more enthusiastic. When the ROMEO AND JULIET nude scene appeared on the Hollywood screen, the audience was packed with students from other schools that also had taken advantage of the discounted group rates. There was very little giggling at the nudity. What I remember topping the sound of giggles was the sound of teen girls sniffling and crying at the beauty of the scene. A scene that came from the classic writing of William Shakespeare and presented through the eyes of an Italian filmmaker.
One marvelous morning in 1989, the name of Franco Zeffirelli came up in an interview. I worked on VH1 at the time and had my own celebrity talk show. For a VH1 special, I was flown to London to interview Paul McCartney. Here's a clip with McCartney, me and the Zeffirelli mention.
Yes. In 1968's ROMEO AND JULIET, we could've seen the bare bum on one of The Beatles.
His other film credits include 1967's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, 1972's BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON, his 1979 remake of THE CHAMP and 1999's TEA WITH MUSSOLINI starring Cher, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Lily Tomlin.
Director Franco Zeffirelli died this weekend at age 96.
Think about it. Because of him, we could have seen Paul McCartney in tights. Wow.