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Adventures of Pinocchio, The (1971)
29. Dec 2004 at 23:26
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I caught this Italian version of Pinocchio on TV over the holidays. I had never heard of it before and I was suprised at how good it was - and especially at how cute the boy playing Pinocchio was. His name is Andrea Balestri and based on his IMDb filmography, he appeared in a few other Italian films in the early- to mid-1970s.

Apparently, there is a 303-minute version of the movie, which was originally made as a mini-series. But the version I saw was the movie-length one, which is also (supposedly) available on DVD.

I would love to find a copy of the full-length version.

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Reply #1 - 03. Jan 2005 at 01:12
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Lucky you!

I remember seeing it on TV many years ago...  I don't think VCRs were even around at the time   Smiley

I would love to see it again...

Joseph...  do tell me that you at least taped it.
  
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Reply #2 - 03. Jan 2005 at 09:51
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No, I didn't. I was at my mother's place and I missed the first few minutes anyway. I wish the longer version was available somewhere. I'd really love to see it.
  
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Reply #3 - 07. Jan 2005 at 20:22
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It's turned up on TV here  Smiley

Presented in six one hour episodes on SBS at 1.30 pm each Saturday starting today.  I'll make some caps and videotape it.
  
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Reply #4 - 07. Jan 2005 at 22:16
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A few caps from episode 1:

This is a very well made series and I'd imagine it has been remastered. The quality of the film is first class.

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Reply #5 - 08. Jan 2005 at 01:54
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Wow, I'm so glad you'll get the chance to see it. The full version too! Lucky bastard. Smiley

Nice caps, too. Hope you keep us posted with updates from the other episodes.
  
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Reply #6 - 06. Feb 2005 at 18:20
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I have found the full 300 minute version on DVD, But it does not have english subs  Sad

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Reply #7 - 07. Feb 2005 at 12:50
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I have found the full 300 minute version on DVD, But it does not have english subs  Sad


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The shorter version does suffer from having been edited down - the story is a bit dis-jointed in places, so I would love to see the full version. That said though, even the shorter version has to be the best version of Pinocchio made so far (and probably the closest to the original book).

  
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Reply #8 - 07. Feb 2005 at 19:55
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I was going to tape the whole series but after watching and taping episode one...  I missed the first half hour of the second episode so I didn't bother taping the rest. Hopefully they will do a repeat.

However I have been watching it each week and continue to be impressed by the detail and the locations. I've never read the full version of the book, and am only familiar with the shortened disneyfied kids books. I'm assuming the filmakers have been very faithful to the book, it certainly looks that way.

This story seems to be directed at adults much more than kids, it's too detailed and way too long to have been written especially for kids.

The style of direction is very Italian and I'm sure many audiences used to a diet of American TV and films would find it difficult to get into. However it is easily the best version of Pinocchio I've ever seen.
  
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Reply #9 - 08. Feb 2005 at 13:23
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This story seems to be directed at adults much more than kids, it's too detailed and way too long to have been written especially for kids.


The original book isn't really a kids' book - it was written as social satire. That's not to say it didn't appeal to kids, but a lot of the themes and subtleties go over the heads of children.
  
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