Title

Fellini's Pinocchio: La dolce vita

Subject Area

Film and Literary Studies

Abstract

After making La voce della luna Federico Fellini and Roberto Benigni had plans to make a version of Pinocchio. But, as this paper argues, this would be somewhat redundant, as Fellini had already done this with La dolce vita.

This paper will examine the link between Collodi’s original Pinocchio and Fellini’s La dolce vita and suggests that Pinocchio threads its way throughout Fellini’s masterpiece, from Fellini’s own presence as puppet master (il burrattinaio Mangiafuoco), to his puppet Marcello’s desire to be human (Pinocchio) to his visit to the field of miracles (il prato dei miracoli) to his conscience (il grillo parlante) Paola. But although this is Pinocchio, it is a fellinièsque Pinocchio with a very different ending that reflects the times.

Brief Bio Note

Kevin Bongiorni is LSU Ubaye Valley Professor of French Studies and the Lillian DeFelice and Samson J. Petit Professor of French for Business and Associate Professor of French and Italian at Louisiana State University. He is currently working on a series of article manuscripts based on Federico Fellini's La dolce vita.

Keywords

Federico Fellini, La dolce vita, Pinocchio

Location

Room 212

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

4-6-2018 9:55 AM

Embargo

10-28-2017

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Apr 6th, 9:55 AM

Fellini's Pinocchio: La dolce vita

Room 212

After making La voce della luna Federico Fellini and Roberto Benigni had plans to make a version of Pinocchio. But, as this paper argues, this would be somewhat redundant, as Fellini had already done this with La dolce vita.

This paper will examine the link between Collodi’s original Pinocchio and Fellini’s La dolce vita and suggests that Pinocchio threads its way throughout Fellini’s masterpiece, from Fellini’s own presence as puppet master (il burrattinaio Mangiafuoco), to his puppet Marcello’s desire to be human (Pinocchio) to his visit to the field of miracles (il prato dei miracoli) to his conscience (il grillo parlante) Paola. But although this is Pinocchio, it is a fellinièsque Pinocchio with a very different ending that reflects the times.