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PinocchioWith ''Life Is Beautiful,'' writer-director-actor Benigni transformed a catastrophic event (the Holocaust) into a fable. With Pinocchio, Benigni...PinocchioComedy, Sci-fi and FantasyPT100MGWith ''Life Is Beautiful,'' writer-director-actor Benigni transformed a catastrophic event (the Holocaust) into a fable. With Pinocchio, Benigni...2003-07-18Peppe BarraGlenn CloseKim Rossi StuartPeppe Barra, Glenn Close, Kim Rossi StuartMiramax

Pinocchio

Genre: Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Carlo Giuffre, Peppe Barra, Glenn Close, Kim Rossi Stuart; Director: Roberto Benigni; Author: Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami; Release Date Wide: 12/25/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 100; MPAA Rating: G; Distributor: Miramax

With ”Life Is Beautiful,” writer-director-actor Benigni transformed a catastrophic event (the Holocaust) into a fable. With Pinocchio, Benigni transforms a fable into a catastrophic event. Despite the pointy hat and breadstick nose, Benigni just doesn’t look like a puppet itching to be a boy. He looks like a 50-year-old Italian man itching in a Nancy Reagan pantsuit. Hey, enough grappa and the Funforeverland circus scene is molto Fellini.

EXTRAS Just in case it was Breckin Meyer’s (”Inside Schwartz”) dubbing that made Miramax’s $45 million fever dream a box office flop, the DVD includes the versione originale with subtitles. In English: F; In italiano: D+

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