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Letter: John Francis Lane was the ultimate film industry insider

18 Jun 2019

John Francis Lane in Mario Camerini’s Via Margutta, 1960

John Francis Lane in Mario Camerini’s Via Margutta, 1960

The obituary of Franco Zeffirelli by John Francis Lane was excellent, as one would expect from a friend of the director. Sadly John himself died in January 2018, in Cosenza, the southern Italian town where he was living.

I met him at many film festivals: a ubiquitous industry insider, he was the strongest champion in Italy for such leading British figures as Tony Richardson, Ken Loach, Stephen Frears and Mike Leigh.

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