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    CREATIVE LIFE:Franco Zeffirelli

    Watching SBS1 TV doco(1) on Franco Zeffirelli yesterday made me think about the comparisons and contrasts between the life of a writer and that of a producer and director. Of course, I became especially interested in how his creative activity was similar or different from mine. Each writer, each producer and director, has a different story. Zeffirelli will soon be 90 and I will soon be 70; he was an entre deux guerres(2) baby and I was a war baby; he has achieved fame and wealth; I am an unknown, financially comfortable but far from wealthy. My wife would call us poor. -Ron Price with thanks to (1)”Franco Zeffirelli,” SBS1, 2:30-3:30 p.m., 5 February 2011; and (2) French expression for 'between the wars.'

    Comparisons are odious,(1)
    but inevitable in life, and
    more inevitable for some
    of us as we journey life’s
    path…...Your mother died
    when you were 6 & mine
    when I was 33; you went
    for the theatre in your 20s
    and I went for university &
    a teaching career..……..You
    went for Catholicism and I
    went for the Baha’i Faith!*

    Homosexuality seemed to
    be in your bones while the
    heat of sex turned me into
    heterosexuality—and both
    of us kept our sexual-style
    all our lives.…By the 1990s
    and 2000s you were getting
    knighted and receiving so
    many honours and I was
    retiring from decades of
    work as a teacher…I wish
    you well, Franco, in your
    years on this mortal coil
    that remain with Jesus in
    the very depths of your
    spirit as Baha’u’llah is in
    mine: two men, one spirit.(2)

    (1) Comparisons are odious, Proverbs 141; comparisons are odorous, Much Ado About Nothing, act 3, sc. 5; Sir John Fortescue (c. 1394-1476), comparisons are odious. De Laudibus Leg. Anglić. Chap. xix.
    2 Franco Zeffirelli, Wikipedia, 6 February 2011

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    married for 46 years, a teacher for 35, a writer and editor for 14, and a Baha'i for 54(in 2013).
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    I don't entirely understand your post. But for the record, I adore early Zeffirelli. I am especially fond of his Romeo and Juliet and Brother Sun, Sister Moon. He used a very soft lens in those films and his costumes were superb. He also had a great ear for composers.

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    Belated thanks, Gislebertus

    Belated thanks, Gislebertus, for your frank response. When I write prose-poetry I generally try to link some aspect of society with my own life and my values, beliefs and attitudes. Writing for me is an integrating mechanism.-Ron

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