Based on the famous 1883 children’s novel by Carl Collodi Pinocchio has
been brought to the screen on a number of occasions, most famously in 1940
by Walt Disney. This Italian version of Pinocchio dispenses with the
animation and instead ops for live action.
Roberto Benigni, who played Pinocchio himself back in a 2002 version plays
Geppetto, the father and creator of the wooden puppet who wants to be a
The story sees Pinocchio being taken from his poor father by the puppet
master Mangiafuoco (Gigi Proietti). After gaining his freedom, and whilst
trying to make his way back to his father, he comes across various bizarre
characters. Some of the curious oddities he meets include two thieves
called Gatto (Rocco Papaleo) and Volpe (co-writer Massimo Marotta), the
pair in one of the films darker scenes hang Pinocchio from a tree so they
can steal his gold coins from his dead body, a fairy (Marine Vacth) and a
kindly cricket (David Marotta). There’s even a monkey judge who plans to
throw poor Pinocchio in jail because he’s too honest.
Fans of the Disney version will recognise the pivotal scenes where
Pinocchio is swallowed by a whale, is turned into a donkey and of course,
the famous scene where his nose grows after he lies.
Director Matteo Garrone brings to life Pinocchio and his world in stunning
detail, from the fantastic part CGI created Pinocchio to the picture
perfect sets every shot is a visual treat.
If you’ve only ever seen Disney’s version of Pinocchio, or even if you
haven’t, make sure and take the time to catch this whilst it’s in cinemas
as it deserves to be seen on the big screen.