Hollywood sold us a lie about Pinnochio, says Matteo Garrone

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Hollywood sold us a lie about Pinnochio, says Matteo Garrone

As the director swaps mafiosi for marionettes, he explains why his film version is the real deal

Alastair Smart

It’s a story we all think we know, but how well do we know it really? That’s the question at the heart of Matteo Garrone’s new film adaptation of Pinocchio.

The tale of the wooden puppet who longs to become a boy was written by the Italian author Carlo Collodi in the 1880s, yet when you hear the name Pinocchio today, you’re more likely to think of Walt Disney’s 1940 cartoon.

“That was a beautiful movie, but it betrayed the original story in many ways,” Garrone tells me via Zoom from his office in Rome. “Even in Italy, Collodi’s text has been forgotten over the years. My aim has been to produce a film that’s faithful to it and brings it back to everyone.”..

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