Director Roberto Benigni who also plays Pinocchio and Nicoletta Braschi who plays The Blue Fairy are married in real life. See more »
The Italian version with English subtitles was screened to most critics, before a last-minute English dubbed version using English-speaking celebrities was used, including Breckin Meyer, Glenn Close, John Cleese, Eric Idle, David Suchet, Cheech Marin, Eddie Griffin, Topher Grace, Erik Bergmann, Queen Latifah and Regis Philbin. See more »
The Italian language version is gorgeous and very faithful to the wonderful book. People make too big a deal out of Roberto playing a boy. He's quite good in the role and far more restrained than anything else I've seen him in, except maybe Son of the Pink Panther, which was pretty dreadful. That we are so hung up on the age of a man playing a living puppet shows how much imagination we have lost and how much baggage we bring into a film. It's sad to me that my kids won't be watching the film, because they are too young to read subtitles and the English language version sounds awful. I thought this was great.
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