This book gives us a panoramic view of Zeffirelli’s unique life. It gives us a vision of what was Italy during the WWII and what is the world of creating theater, operas and movies. Zeffirelli does not succumb to the temptation of "gossiping" about famous people who were close to him and treats all of them with a lot of compassion and understanding.
Franco Zeffirelli has proven himself as a talented director of operas, plays and feature films. He has found the most success in the opera house. Though critics haven't always been in favour of his flamboyant staging, his audiences have been bedazzled by it. Zeffirelli has also brought classics such as Romeo and Juliet (1968), Hamlet (1990) and Jane Eyre (1996) to the silver screen so that the average movie-goer can understand them. While some claim that he oversimplifies the classics, Zeffirelli feels that he popularizes them instead. Even in the world of politics, Zeffirelli has looked out for the common people. William Murray in Los Angeles Magazine noted that Zeffirelli has "secured jobs, money and other help" for his constituents in Catania, "one of the poorest, most Mafia-ridden cities in Sicily."