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For decades, Franco Zeffirelli has defined lushness and largeness on the opera stage. STEPHANIE ZACHAREK looks at how his grand-scale perspective turned out in his big-screen ventures.

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The director on the set of his 1986 film of Verdi’s Otello with soprano Katia Ricciarelli (Desdemona)
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Throughout the 1950s and '60s, Franco Zeffirelli made his name on the stage, mounting magnificent productions of La Traviata, La Bohème, Aida and Tosca, as well as the occasional Shakespeare play. But...

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