Pinocchio 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…
Movie on DVD Review

Pinocchio (2003)

Details Release Date: Jul 15, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 15, 2003; Movie Rated: G; Genres: Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi and Carlo Giuffre; 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+

Originally posted Jul 18, 2003 Published in issue #719 Jul 18, 2003 Order article reprints