PINOCCHIO ( Theatrical Release Italy 2019)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì 

Pinocchio—Italian movie—serves the international audience. The live action treatment takes the movie out of traditional animation technique and with that single choice makes it unique and wonderfully new. Federico Lelapi completely refreshes the Pinocchio character interpretation. It’s wonderful to see Roberto Benigni after his outstanding performance in Life is Beautiful. He plays the part of Geppetto here. This movie has been highly rewritten from the Disney Classic animation of the same name. It serves the child/adult audience well. Take time to appreciate the tremendous detailing of both costuming and background scenery. Terrific realism. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia 


Pinocchio tries to find a life. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Matteo Garrone for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Alessio Lazzareschi for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Pinocchio (Federico Ielapi), Geppetto (Roberto Benigni), Gatto (Rocco Papaleo), Volpe (Massimo Ceccherini), Fata Turchina (Marine Vacth), Mangiafuoco (Gigi Proietti), Fata Turchina bambina (Alida Baldari Calabria), Lucignolo (Alession Di Domenicantonio), Lumaca (Maria Pia Timo), Grillo Parlante (Davida Marotta), and Mastro Ciliegia (Paolo Graziosi). 

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Such a novel approach to this old tale makes it completely fresh and new. The Italian movie has professionally dubbed voicing for English audiences.

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