Pinocchio (2002 film)
Pinocchio is a 2002 Italian fantasy comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. The film is based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, with Benigni portraying Pinocchio, it was shot in Kalkara, Malta. Pinocchio was released in Italy on 11 October 2002, in the United States in December 2002, was met with mixed reviews; the film was dedicated to costume and production designer Danilo Donati, who died on 1 December 2001. A magical log falls off a wagon and rolls through an Italian town causing considerable damage and some injuries, it comes to rest in front of the house of Geppetto, a poor wood carver who carves a puppet named Pinocchio from it. To Geppetto's surprise, the puppet comes to life and to his dismay, it becomes mischievous. Geppetto sells his only coat to provide schoolbooks for Pinocchio. However, the rambunctious puppet goes on several adventures, he joins a puppet theater and is eaten by the gigantic puppet master Mangiafuoco. Pinocchio lies to get out of the situation, claiming misery and poverty in his family and the puppet master gives him five gold coins.
He meets The Fox and the Cat, two crooks who trick him out of his money, telling him to plant the coins in the ground in order to grow a "money tree" in the Meadow of Miracles outside of Grabadimwit. The watchful Blue Fairy, who encourages him to give up his obnoxious ways, saves him from a hanging by the disguised crooks with the help of her servant Medoro, she gives Pinocchio medicine and when he refuses it, coffin-bearing rabbits dressed as Undertakers appear. Pinocchio consumes the medicine, lying that he wanted to drink it in the first place but that the Fairy would not let him; when the Blue Fairy asks Pinocchio about the gold coins he had, Pinocchio lies to her and says he lost them, causing his nose to grow. The Blue Fairy, knowing of his constant fibbing, tells him that there are two types of lies: those with short legs and those with long noses. Pinocchio promises the Fairy. Pinocchio encounters the Fox and the Cat again who remind him of digging his coins in the Meadow of Miracles outside of Grabadimwit.
While Pinocchio is away waiting for the tree to grow, the Fox and the Cat dig up the coins and run off. Pinocchio finds. Pinocchio brings up the Fox and the Cat's crimes to a gorilla judge and his fellow judges and is sentenced to five years in jail for crimes of foolishness. While in jail, he meets Lucignolo, another truant thief, let out soon after Pinocchio is admitted in. Geppetto continues his search for Pinocchio. Four months as part of a celebration for the birth of a King's son, he is set free with the other inmates when he convinces the warden that he is a crook, he stumbles across the grave of the Blue Fairy, who died of grief because of his antics. A Dove tells Pinocchio. Pinocchio arrives at the shores. After nearly drowning in an attempt to save his father, he washes up on the shore of a city where he helps a lady carry her pitchers. Upon arriving at her house, Pinocchio discovers that she is the Blue Fairy in disguise, she states. Once again starting anew, he is on his way to school.
One of them tries to throw a book at him, but when he ducks the book hits his classmate Eugenio instead, knocked unconscious. Thinking that he is dead, the others run away leaving Pinocchio at the scene; the carabineer arrive. Upon nearing the Blue Fairy's house, Pinocchio escapes from the carabineer. Pinocchio ends up in a trap, placed by a grape farmer to take the place of his late guard dog Melampo in order to guard his crops, he is freed by Lucignolo and Pinocchio returns to the Blue Fairy's house where he ends up having to admit that he didn't arrive at the local school. The Blue Fairy forgives Pinocchio for; the next day, the people at the school arrive at the Blue Fairy's party where the schoolmaster presides over this. Pinocchio leaves to look for Lucignolo. Pinocchio is told by Lucignolo where he is on a trip to "Fun Forever Land", where all is play and no work or school after Lucignolo explained to Pinocchio about it; that night and Lucignolo board a stagecoach bound for Fun Forever Land.
When at Fun Forever Land, Pinocchio has some fun while the Talking Cricket is trying to find Pinocchio. When the Talking Cricket finds Pinocchio, he tries to warn every boy present that they will turn into donkeys if they don't leave Fun Forever Land; the next day, Pinocchio goes to find Lucignolo. The Talking Cricket arrives and tells Pinocchio that boys turn into donkeys who are sold for hard labor as the Talking Cricket explains this to Pinocchio. Pinocchio is sold to a circus under its ringmaster. During his performance, Pinocchio injures himself and is thrown into the sea by the Ringmaster's clowns; when the Blue Fairy appears on the shore upon Pinocchio emerging from the water in his normal form, he vows to make up for his misdeeds to the Blue Fairy who starts to warn Pinocchio that a giant shark is pursuing him. Pinocchio is swallowed by the giant shark. Upon being reunited with Geppetto with Pinocchio apologizing to him, they work together to escape from its belly. Pinocchio walks Geppetto to a farm owned by Farmer George in order to help Geppetto recuperate.
While working on a farm owned by Farm
The Little Devil
The Little Devil is a 1988 Italian film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni starring Walter Matthau, Stefania Sandrelli, Nicoletta Braschi and John Lurie. In some European countries and in Australia, an English version of the film, with local subtitles, has been screened and circulated in VHS. In the English version, the voices of the main actors are dubbed by themselves. In the North American Pontifical College, in Rome, Father Maurice is in deep turmoil because of Patricia, a woman who loves him and expects him to make up his mind and clear out his position towards her. While he is trying to do so, he is summoned by a novice for an emergency; the emergency turns out to be a fat woman possessed by a demon. Father Maurice expels the demon from the woman; the demon, a little escaped devil named Giuditta, having nowhere else to go, starts following Father Maurice everywhere and indulges in mischief getting Maurice in trouble. In one instance Giuditta replaces a sick Father Maurice in Mass, turning the solemn ceremony in a beauty parade.
Maurice tries to get rid of Giuditta in several failed efforts. Showing signs of exhaustion, his peers advise him to take a vacation. Another agent "from where Giuditta came from" appears as Nina and manages to attract Giuditta who leaves Maurice and follows her "elsewhere". Walter Matthau as Father Maurice Roberto Benigni as Giuditta, the little devil Stefania Sandrelli as Patrizia Nicoletta Braschi as Nina John Lurie as Cusatelli Paolo Baroni as Saverio Franco Fabrizi as Prete Annabella Schiavone as Giuditta, the woman Roberto Benigni won the David di Donatello Award for Best Actor; the Little Devil on IMDb The Little Devil at Rotten Tomatoes The Little Devil at AllMovie
Nothing Left to Do But Cry
Non ci resta che piangere is a 1984 Italian comedy film, starring Roberto Benigni and Massimo Troisi, who are directors and writers of the movie. School janitor Mario and teacher Saverio are in a car at a railroad crossing, waiting for the train to pass; the scenery is the Tuscan countryside, in 1984. Saverio complains of his sister Gabriellina's being unwell since her boyfriend left her three years ago and asks Mario to marry her, much to Mario's frustration. Since the keeper tells them that several more trains are coming through before they can pass, the two decide to drive on a dirt road through the fields hoping to find another way to cross the tracks. Shortly afterwards, the car breaks down, as the night approaches, it starts to rain; the two men find shelter under a huge tree, but it is late, there seems to be no hope the rain will stop before the night is over. While talking about Saverio's moroseness at school, which the students have noticed, they spot a light through the rain that turns out to be that of a small inn with an old-fashioned wooden sign.
Mario and Saverio decide to spend the night there and are hosted in a room along with a third man, sleeping when they come in. In the morning, the two wake up to find the man urinating onto the street from the window, their laughter is stopped at killing him. From the window they spot riders on horses fleeing the scene, they rush downstairs to see what happened, find, in astonishment, that they have travelled back in time to the year 1492 and are in a small town called Frittole. Forced to come to terms with the fact after being in denial, they make friends with Vitellozzo, brother of the man killed in the inn, he explains them he is in a feud with a gang of men led by Giuliano Del Capecchio, who are responsible for the death of Vitellozzo's brother and other members of his family. Once in Frittole and Saverio meet Vitellozzo's mother and try to get used to the idea of being in 1492. Saverio feels at ease while Mario cannot get along with what he is going through and aches to go back to his time.
The next Sunday, they go to the church and Mario meets Pia, a rich girl, they fall in love through Mario's posing as a musician and the composer of numerous songs he remembers from the 20th century, including Yesterday by the Beatles and the Italian national anthem. After trying to help Vitellozzo, sent to prison for defying a curfew on open windows set by Del Capecchio's gang, they help to run Vitellozzo's family's butcher shop. Mario leaves most of the work to Saverio as he courts Pia, an frustrated Saverio at last convinces him to leave for Spain in order to stop Christopher Columbus from setting sail and discovering the Americas. Saverio argues that both the extermination of the Native Americans and the creation of American pop culture are disasters that must be averted. On their journey they come across a female archer Moorish, named Astriaha, who shoots at them with her bow, missing them and hitting their cart instead, they flee and spend the night in another inn avoiding recognition by Astriaha, who has followed them.
In the morning the two again encounter the woman, who aims her bow at them once more and interrogates them. From here, the theatrical cut and the extended director's cut diverge widely: In the theatrical cut, the amazon faints during one of the pair's characteristically inane arguments, although Saverio wants to help her, Mario convinces him they had better run, thus they end up meeting Leonardo da Vinci at a campsite by a lake. Mario and Saverio, having realized earlier that they will need help to reinvent everything they remember from the 20th century, decide to pitch their ideas to da Vinci, they try to explain trains, traffic lights, Scopa to da Vinci, without much success. They give up and set off, once in Spain they stop at an inn and meet Astriaha once more, she explains that Christopher Columbus has set sail, that her duty as a Spanish soldier was to prevent foreigners from entering Spain until he had safely embarked. The two are stunned at the news—particularly since according to Saverio's curriculum as a schoolteacher, Columbus shouldn't have left for another month or more—and run to the nearby ocean shore in the hopes of stopping him, but they are too late.
Saverio breaks down and reveals that his real intention in stopping Columbus was preventing the future birth of Alfredo, his sister's former boyfriend, who broke her heart when he left her, in the hopes that she might be happy again. Moved, Mario promises to marry Gabriellina if they get back to the 20th century. While going back to the village, they spy the steam of a train coming up over the crest of a hill and are overjoyed to realize they have returned to their century, but it turns out to be just da Vinci, who appears to have taken their ideas to heart in the meantime and invented the locomotive. The movie ends with the two men resigning themselves to their fate. In the extended cut, Astriaha says she has not slept for three days because of the two, that they must get back to her superior, Alonso, they say. After having revived her, Saverio falls in love with her, she is caught making love to Mario some time after, at which point the two men have an argument racing to the ocean shore. Here, they shout for Christopher Columbus, but find that he has left.
The two cuts of the film converge again in the scene on the shore. Roberto Benigni as Saverio Massimo Troisi as Mario Iris Peynado as Astriaha Amanda Sandrelli as Pia Paolo Bonacelli as Leonardo da
The Tiger and the Snow
The Tiger and the Snow is a 2005 Italian movie starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. The film is a romantic comedy inspired by the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty." It is set in contemporary Rome and in occupied Baghdad during the Iraq War, follows the protagonist Attilio as he journeys to Baghdad to save the love of his life, from her death. Attilio de Giovanni, a comical and impassioned poetry professor and the divorced father of two teenage girls, is hopelessly in love with Vittoria, a coworker and writer. Vittoria is the subject of Attilio's many dreams that center around a wedding between him and Vittoria. Attilio's strenuous courtship is unsuccessful, yet he does not lose hope, despite the fact that Vittoria does not share the same feelings, she tells him. Vittoria leaves for Iraq to write the biography of the poet Fuad, Attilio's close friend, returning to his country after 18 years living in France. In Baghdad, she is wounded as collateral damage in the Iraq War. By impersonating a Red Cross surgeon, Attilio sneaks onto a flight to Baghdad in a desperate attempt to save her life.
He finds Vittoria in an Iraqi hospital lying in a coma, like thousands of Iraqis caught in the crossfire, she is will die due to low medicine supplies. Fuad directs Attilio to an old Iraqi pharmacist, who suggests ancient treatments that manage to keep her alive, temporarily. Attilio locates scuba gear to provide Vittoria with oxygen and a flyswatter, which he jokingly calls the "weapon of mass destruction" the US is looking for in Iraq. Still needing more medicinal supplies to revive Vittoria, Attilio journeys to the Italian Red Cross headquarters and returns with more comprehensive supplies that will nurse Vittoria back to health. Attilio goes to Fuad's house to report his success, but finds that Fuad has hanged himself. Attilio had not picked up on Fuad's behavior and speech earlier in the film indicating his suicidal plans, for he had been too preoccupied with trying to save Vittoria. Just before Vittoria emerges from her coma, Attilio is mistaken for an Iraqi insurgent and is captured by the U.
S. is soon freed and allowed to return to Italy. In the final scenes it is revealed that Vittoria is Attilio's ex-wife, they were separated because of Attilio's excitability and insane diversions, along with his earlier involvements with another woman. Attilio awkwardly visits Vittoria and their children several times showing his infatuation in her. On the same day Attilio returns to his country, there is an animal breakout at the Rome zoo. Vittoria, driving her car, stops to see an escaped tiger in the middle of the road under falling pollen from the jasmine trees that resembles snowfall. Though Attilio refuses to admit he is the "wonderful stranger who saved her," Vittoria recognizes his familiar way of kissing her forehead in the same manner that the stranger had kissed her when she was comatose in the hospital, as well as how Vittoria's necklace Attilio took to protect earlier in the film dangles in her face when he kisses her. Roberto Benigni as Attilio de Giovanni, a poetry professor who travels to Baghdad to save Vittoria.
Jean Reno as Fuad, Attilio's friend and fellow poet who travels to Baghdad. Nicoletta Braschi as Vittoria, Attilio's love interest who evades his approaches and is comatose for most of the film due to being badly hurt in Baghdad. Emilia Fox as Nancy. Giuseppe Battiston as Ermanno. Tom Waits as himself. Andrea Renzi as Doctor Guazzelli. Gianfranco Varetto as Attorney Scuotilancia. Chiara Pirri as Emilia, one of Attilio's daughters. Anna Pirri as Rosa, another of Attilio's daughters. Martin Sherman as an American soldier; the Tiger and the Snow was disliked by critics, receiving a 21% "rotten" score from Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 3.7 out of 10. The film has a score of 22 from Metacritic; the Tiger and the Snow on IMDb The Tiger and the Snow at Rotten Tomatoes
Tu mi turbi
Tu mi turbi is a 1983 Italian anthology comedy film written and starred by Roberto Benigni. It is both the film debut of Nicoletta Braschi; the film is divided into four episodes. In the first of these, the pastor Benigno is called by Mary of Nazareth and Joseph to take care of the newborn baby Jesus, who proves to be a brat, he performs a spiteful miracle series, including that of floating in the tub. Benigno confesses to the baby to being hopelessly in love with Mary, but he has to resign, because the Madonna has now taken a husband; the tramp Benigno searches for his beloved angel of heaven named Angela. When he gets information from other angels about the pure soul, Benigno discovers that she is in love with God, that the two are getting married. Still unemployed, Benigno goes to the bank to get a loan for the purchase of a home, he is sent by the Director. In fact, the businessman wishes to know whether the tramp has some money stored in some other bank, so that he can steal it. At the end the Director, puts Benigno in jail.
The two soldiers Benigno and Claudio are doing the night guard in Rome, at the Altar of the Fatherland, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The two begin chatting about communists, after some reasoning about death in war, Benigno demonstrates with great wonder that God exists. Roberto Benigni: Benigno Olimpia Carlisi: Angela Claudio Bigagli: milite Nicoletta Braschi: Maria Carlo Monni: Giuseppe Giacomo Piperno: direttore di banca Diotaiuti Serena Grandi Mariangela D'Abbraccio Tu mi turbi on IMDb Tu mi turbi at Rotten Tomatoes
Johnny Stecchino is an Italian comedy film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni as the protagonist. This film is one of Benigni's many collaborations with Nicoletta Braschi. During its release in 1991, it was the highest-grossing film in Italy; this film follows the life of Dante, a quirky school bus driver for students with Down syndrome, who bears a striking resemblance to Johnny Stecchino, an Italian mafioso, wanted by Sicilian mobsters for treason and murder. The film's plot begins to unravel when Dante meets Maria, the wife of Stecchino, who begins her plan into tricking mobsters to kill Dante thinking he is Stecchino; the film takes several unexpected twists when Maria begins to fall for Dante, it becomes clear that Dante cannot be the cold blooded killer, Johnny Stecchino. The U. S. version released in theaters and on VHS is about 20 minutes shorter that the full Italian version. It trims several conversations including the final scene with Lillo sniffing cocaine. After unsuccessfully hitting on his co-worker and other women at a soiree, Dante meets Maria after she nearly runs him over with her car.
Maria is taken aback by Dante's striking resemblance to her husband Johnny Stecchino, an Italian mobster wanted by the Sicilian Mafia for killing head mobster Cozzamara's wife and despised by the locals of Palermo for treason. During the day, Dante works in Cesena as a bus driver for students with down syndrome, defrauds the government into receiving disability payments for a faked disability, steals bananas from greengrocers. Dante's best friend is Lillo, a student with down syndrome and diabetes, who he has to deter from eating sweets. Dante runs into Maria again, this time near his apartment, who unbeknownst to him, has tracked him down in a plan to turn him over to the Sicilian mafia so they can kill Dante, thinking that he is Stecchino. Maria begins to make Dante's appearance more identical to Stecchino, by dressing him in a similar suit and tie, placing a faux mole on his face and convincing him to have a toothpick in his mouth at all time. Maria begins to call him'Johnny' or Johnny Stecchino.
She invites Dante to join her in her residence in Palermo where she will begin to plan his murder so she and the real Johnny Stecchino can escape to South America. Upon arriving at the train station, Dante meets Maria's'uncle', a cocaine addict who convinces Dante into believing the drug is a cure for diabetes. While attempting to steal a banana from local greengrocer Nicola Travaglia, Dante gets spotted and confused for Stecchino by mobsters, who begin to shoot at him as he attempts to steal a banana, he manages to dodge a hailstorm of bullets and runs to the police station where he relates his understanding of the incident to the police chief of having stolen a banana and thinking the greengrocer in turn had security guards attempt to shoot him for theft. The chief, bewildered by the story, goes along with the story and informs him that he has indeed committed a serious crime but by confessing and turning in the banana as evidence, he will be forgiven for his offense. After leaving the police station, he runs into Judge Cataratta who mistakens Dante for Stecchino and questions his motives in confessing to the police and turning over any evidence.
Cataratta advises him to forcefully take back his evidence and demand that the chief prints his story on the front page of newspapers denouncing his confession to the police. Maria finds Dante and returns him to her residence though surprised to find him strolling through the streets unharmed. Stecchino's belief that Dante bears no resemblance to him is only reinforced upon hearing that Dante spent the morning in Palermo going unnoticed by locals; as a final attempt to determine whether the public will mistake him for Stecchino, Maria takes Dante to an opera. Upon arriving at the opera house, Dante sees fruit sold at a concession stand; the vendor says he can take a banana, but Dante tries to pay, fearful of the earlier uproar. While waiting for the show to commence, the crowd interrupts the show and begins to jeer Dante, thinking he is Stecchino, which Dante confuses as a public reprimand for not paying for the banana; when the crowd begins to shame Maria as an accomplice, Dante shouts down all the hecklers to respect her honor.
Dante is escorted by the police to a private party where he meets a politician, an accomplice of Stecchino, who informs will protect him if they keep their meeting a secret. As a gift, he gives Dante a bag of cocaine. Maria meets up with both retreat back to her residence; the next day, Maria meets Cozzamara to plan the assassination of Johnny Stecchino. On the day of the planned hit, Maria learns of Stecchino's plan to kill her'uncle' after Dante has been killed, upsetting news to Maria. Maria drops off Dante at a barbershop owned by Cozzamara. Cozzamara's men begin to suspect Dante is not Stecchino when they notice a faux facial mole, they ask him about his mother, to which Dante replies "she is okay" a question which would have upset Stecchino. Maria ends up setting up Stecchino by kissing him at a gas station, an act which he despises, he in turn goes to use the men's room to wash his face. While using one of the urinals, several armed Sicilian mobsters come out of the stalls to seal his doom.
Stecchino realizes Maria's plot and reluctantly accepts his fate, seeing it as a chance to end his miserable life. Meanwhile, the other mobsters are laughing uproariously at Dante's jokes and proceed to sing a song that had earlier been sung by the student on Dante's school bus. Maria drives Dante back to his apartment, now referring to his proper name o
Michel Blanc is a French actor and director. He is noted for his roles of hypochondriacs, he is associated with Le Splendid, which he co-founded, along with Thierry Lhermitte, Josiane Balasko, Christian Clavier, Marie-Anne Chazel and Gérard Jugnot. Michel Blanc has shown his versatility by appearing in more serious roles, such as the title role in the Patrice Leconte film Monsieur Hire. Michel Blanc on IMDb