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  • Famed director Zeffirelli: Cardinals should have chosen a more theatrical Pope

    08/19/2009 8:47:09 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 11 replies · 582+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 19, 2009
    In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, 86-year-old film director Franco Zeffirelli-- perhaps best remembered for his 1977 Jesus of Nazareth-- called Pope Benedict a “wonderful man” theologically but said that the cardinals made an “image error” when they elected him. “Catholic is another thing,” he said. “It’s open, it’s theatrical, it’s flashy,” adding, “when you have to deal with the Vatican-- St. Peter’s, ‘The Last Judgment’ of Michelangelo-- you have to be larger than life, you can’t be a professor from north Germany.” As the New York Times article writer observed, the Pontiff hails from southern Germany.
  • Zeffirelli to help pope with image

    12/15/2007 3:51:34 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 20 replies · 534+ views
    Japan Today ^ | Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 07:27 EST
    ROME — Italian film and opera legend Franco Zeffirelli has agreed to become an image consultant to Pope Benedict XVI, the director said in an interview published Saturday. The pope does not have a "happy image," Zeffirelli told La Stampa, adding: "Coming after a pope as telegenic as John Paul II is a difficult task." Benedict, elected in 2005, "comes across coldly, which isn't suited to his surroundings," Zeffirelli said, adding that the pope's wardrobe "should be reviewed." The pope's robes are "too sumptuous and flashy," the 84-year-old director of "Jesus of Nazareth" and "Romeo and Juliet" told the daily...
  • Zeffirelli Brands Mel Gibson's Passion Anti-Semitic; Calls Director “Bloodthirsty”

    02/26/2004 2:26:41 PM PST · by mgist · 43 replies · 1,930+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu Feb 26,12:12 PM ET | Godfrey Deeny
    Zeffirelli Brands Mel Gibson's Passion Anti-Semitic; Calls Director “Bloodthirsty”   Thu Feb 26,12:12 PM ET     Godfrey DeenyFashion Wire Daily February 26, 2004 - New York - Franco Zeffirelli, the last person before Mel Gibson (news) to direct a major feature film on the life of Christ and someone who has himself directed the actor as Hamlet, has lambasted Gibson's controversial film The Passion as anti-Semitic.   "They tell me that in America, despite the ban on minors, that mothers absolutely want their children to see the film, in order to understand the suffering Jesus underwent to save...