Carlo Giuffre, Star of Roberto Benigni's 'Pinocchio,' Dies at 89

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Italian actor Carlo Giuffre, star of cinema and theater, has died in Rome after succumbing to a terminal sickness, one month shy of his 90th birthday.

Giuffre, born in Naples on Dec. three, 1928, appeared in additional than 90 movies all through his profession, changing into a star of each Neapolitan theater in addition to Italy’s cult comedies of the 1970s.

He is greatest identified to worldwide audiences for his position as Geppetto in Roberto Benigni’s 2002 movie Pinocchio. The pic, which was dubbed for worldwide audiences, was a business flop within the U.S. however opened effectively in its unique model in Italy. Benigni will tackle the position of Geppetto subsequent yr in Matteo Garrone’s upcoming adaptation of the basic story.

A graduate of the National Academy of Drama, Giuffre started working in theater together with his brother Aldo Giuffre in 1947. He made his stage debut in 1949 reverse author and actor Eduardo De Filippo, starting a protracted collaboration with the 2 males that continued all through the 1980s.

Giuffre was launched to silver-screen stardom enjoying reverse Monica Vitti in Mario Monicelli’s 1968 movie The Girl With the Pistol, which was nominated for an Oscar for greatest foreign-language movie.

In the 1970s, he turned a key face of the so-called “Italian horny comedies,” starring in movies together with La signora e stata violentata! (1973), La Signora gioca bene a scopa? (1974) and Voglia di donna (1978).  

In 1981, Giuffre starred reverse Marcello Mastroianni, Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale in Liliana Cavani’s La Pelle, which opened in Cannes. In 1984, he obtained a David di Donatello award, Italy’s high movie honor, for his position as Falcone in Maurizio Ponzi’s I Am Happy.   

In 2007, Giuffre was awarded the title of Grand Officer by the President of the Republic.  

His final stage look was in 2015 in a theatrical adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s Schinder’s List. His final movie was the 2016 Vincenzo Salemme comedy Se mi lasci non vale.

“An actual artist disappears, an important Neapolitan,” stated Naples mayor Luigi de Magistris of the information of his demise. “The Neapolitan theater is in mourning."

This article initially appeared in THR.com.