Zeffirelli in good condition after heart problem


ROME -- Franco Zeffirelli was in good condition at a Rome hospital after being admitted for an irregular heartbeat, his son said Tuesday.

"He's doing well," said Luciano Zeffirelli.

The 83-year-old Italian filmmaker was undergoing medical tests at San Giovanni hospital after being admitted late Monday with heart fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, his son said.

It wasn't clear when he would be released, but it would likely be over the next few days, he said.

Zeffirelli received an Oscar nomination for 1968's "Romeo and Juliet." He won acclaim for the 1977 TV miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," which is still shown on Easter weekend in many countries.

He recently directed a production of Verdi's "Aida" that opened the 2006-07 season at La Scala opera house in Milan.