Poste Italiane announced that a stamp to pay homage to stage director Franco Zeffirelli will be issued at the occasion of his 100th birthday. It will belong to the thematic series ‘Italian Excellencies of Entertainment’ and will have the postal value of 1.20 euros.

The vignette reproduces, on the left, a portrait of Franco Zeffirelli in the foreground on two sketches made by the director himself for some of the plays he directed, respectively Cavalleria Rusticana, for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1978, and a costume of Antonio and Cleopatra made for the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in 1966. Above, on the right, a movie clapperboard is depicted, representing his masterpieces made for film.

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