The Adventures of Pinocchio (1972 film)

Not to be confused with Pinocchio (1972 film).
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Based on The Adventures of Pinocchio
by Carlo Collodi
Written by Luigi Comencini
Suso Cecchi D'Amico
(from Carlo Collodi)
Directed by Luigi Comencini
Starring Nino Manfredi
Andrea Balestri
Gina Lollobrigida
Vittorio De Sica
Theme music composer Fiorenzo Carpi
Country of origin Italy
Original language(s) Italian
Producer(s) Franco Cristaldi
Cinematography Armando Nannuzzi
Editor(s) Nino Baragli
Running time 360 min (French cut)
280 min (extended cut)
135 min (cut edition)
Picture format Color
Original release
  • April 8, 1972 (1972-04-08)

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 is very lonely, and when trading a piece of wood with his colleague Mastero Cherry, he decides to build himself a puppet to make him company. The puppet is Pinocchio. During the a Fairy visits the carpenter's shop to see Pinocchio. The woman makes a deal with the puppet: if he behaves well, honoring his father in the process, 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, instead of 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 finds 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.

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