With a 60+ year legacy of artistry under his belt, Franco Zeffirelli has already filled a book (or two or three) in remembrance of his career, so really, what would stop him from auto-celebrating again? Just out is "Franco Zeffirelli, the complete works", the definitive collection of the artist's costume sketches, set designs, technical drawings, and photos -- an illustrated volume of his personal archives split between film, art, and opera where he carved out his career as a director, scenographer, and costumer.
The 500+ page book is going for 120 euro (although Amazon has it slashed down to $94.50 USD). When asked the inspiration for the book, Frengo said he basically wanted to pay it forward after having so many opportunities to work with such bright lights. In celebration of the new book, the Italian artist will be attending a special night on December 15 in Rome's Biblioteca Casanatense (invite above) for a dialog among the contributors.