2002

Faithful adaptation of Collodi’s classic fable where Roberto Benigni plays Pinocchio. A magical log is turned into a living puppet by the Blue Fairy. Pinocchio gains wisdom through a series of misadventures which lead him to becoming a real boy. The film ends with Pinocchio going to school, while his shadow, in the shape of a puppet, chases a butterfly.

Pinocchio

“To give joy is the most beautiful thing one can do,” says the Blue Fairy about a blue butterfly in the opening scene of this magical film beautifully visualized where costumes and decorations are appreciated for unimpeachable accuracy, together with a memorable soundtrack. A magical log falls off a cart and rambles through a village, wreaking havoc everywhere, and ends up in Geppetto’s shop. “I’ll carve this log and turn it into a puppet that can dance and do flips. He must be obedient and well-educated. The most beautiful puppet in the world." So Geppetto creates Pinocchio played by an adult, Roberto Benigni. This version of the fairy tale is very faithful to Collodi’s original novel and full of extraordinary encounters: the puppet master Fire-Eater who gives Pinocchio five gold pieces which are stolen by the Cat and the Wolf, and the rebel Lucignolo, Pinocchio’s “closest friend." Pinocchio, not having listened to the good advice of the Talking Cricket and despite the guidance of the Blue Fairy, refuses to behave well and gets into trouble. We follow Pinocchio’s picaresque adventures and watch his delinquencies, his lies, his expanding nose and his adventures in “Funforever Land” where the Blue Fairy saves Pinocchio who just narrowly avoids being turned into a donkey. Geppetto and Pinocchio are then both swallowed by a giant Whale and are finally reunited. Pinocchio apologizes to Geppetto and when they finally manage to escape from the belly of the beast, he is rewarded for his efforts to prove himself brave, truthful and unselfish: the Blue Fairy turns the wooden puppet into a real boy. In the epilogue, Pinocchio, finally a good boy and student, still longs to fly freely while his shadow, in the shape of a puppet, chases a butterfly.

Release Date:

2002