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Roberto Benigni in ‘Pinocchio’: Matteo Garrone’s Daring New Interpretation of a Fairytale Classic

Roberto Benigni in ‘Pinocchio’: Matteo Garrone’s Daring New Interpretation of a Fairytale Classic

Photo: ‘Pinocchio’/01 Distribution ‘Pinocchio’: A Fairytale Classic ‘Pinocchio’, an 1883 children’s novel written by Italian author Carlo Collodi, is a touchstone of world literature. Its influence can be seen in films from ‘A.I.: Artificial Intelligence’ to ‘Shrek’. Even Rian Johnson’s recent whodunnit ‘Knives Out’ references the classic tale, in the form of a heroine who vomits whenever she tells a lie. ‘Pinocchio’ has become quite a hot commodity in recent years. The Walt Disney Company, whose definitive 1940 adaptation is perhaps the only version with which American audiences are intimately familiar, has a live-action update in the works, with Tom Hanks playing Geppetto and uncanny valley-enthusiast Robert Zemeckis directing. Meanwhile, a Jim Henson Company production directed by Guillermo del Toro, planned since 2008, has been announced by Netflix for a 2021 release. Appropriately for a story considered to be a hallmark of Italian literature, an Italian production has beaten both of

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