Sunday, May 18, 2003

Pinocchio

Frederica Mathewes-Green has written the only positive review of Roberto Benigni’s Pinocchio you’re ever likely to come across. Her interpretation explains why:  “This is a movie about the natural selfishness and carelessness of childhood being tamed into productive, responsible adulthood. No wonder Baby Boomer-era critics hate it.” Don’t miss her discussion of fairy tales vs. modern movies. She also gives a brief reading of About Schmidt: “Schmidt returns home feeling like a hero for attempting to stop the wedding, and we realize that he is the same selfish boy Pinocchio was at the beginning of his film.” (Our Sunday Visitor, January 13, 2003). Her April essay in Touchstone goes into more detail. “The character himself wasn’t appealing, no matter who played him.” (“Why They Hated Pinocchio,” Touchstone, April 2003)

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