The Adventures of Pinocchio (1972 film)

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Not to be confused with Pinocchio (1972 film).
The Adventures of Pinocchio
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Directed by Luigi Comencini
Produced by Franco Cristaldi
Written by Luigi Comencini
Suso Cecchi D'Amico
(from Carlo Collodi)
Starring Nino Manfredi
Andrea Balestri
Gina Lollobrigida
Vittorio De Sica
Music by Fiorenzo Carpi
Cinematography Armando Nannuzzi
Editing by Nino Baragli
Country Italy
Language Italian
Release date
  • April 8, 1972 (1972-04-08)
Running time 360 min (French cut)
280 min (extended cut)
135 min (cut edition)

The Adventures of Pinocchio (Italian: Le avventure di Pinocchio) is a 1972 Italian miniseries directed by Luigi Comencini. Based on the Carlo Collodi's novel with the same name, the miniseries got a large critical success, and had an average of twenty-one and a half million viewers during its first airing on Rai 1.[1] A 135-minute edit of the miniseries was released to theatrical film markets in Europe the same year.[2]


Mastro Geppetto is a poor carpenter with no wife and no children. The man sis institution very lonely, and when trading a piece of wood with his colleague Mastro Cherry, he decides to build a puppet that faces him company. The puppet is Pinocchio. On night comes the Fairy in the carpenter's shop to visit Pinocchio. The woman makes a deal with the puppet: if he behaves well, giving honor to the father, he will become a human being, otherwise he will remain a piece of wood. Pinocchio promises, and magically becomes a kid. But the temptations of life are many, and Pinocchio runs away from home, not going to school, like his father Geppetto wants, and he enters illegally in the company of puppets of the cruel Mangiafoco. Pinocchio, helped by the Fairy, tries to be kind and respectful, but by his brat character, he always brings himself in the midst of trouble...



  1. ^ Peppino Ortoleva, Maria Teresa Di Marco. Luci del teleschermo: televisione e cultura in Italia. Mondadori Electa, 2004. ISBN 8837032412. 
  2. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269. 

External links[edit]

Official website