Lando Buzzanca

1. – Franco Iavarone, Pinocchio, Italy-US, 2002.  Disappearing into tele-tripe after a healthy 60s/70s career – Divorce Italian Style, The Eye of the Needle,  Intimacy, Homo Eroticus, When Women Had Tails, Io e lui – Buzzanca was headed back to movies as Mangiafuoco opposite a (very) wooden Roberto Benigni but says he refused the part when it became clear his name wouldn’t be on the posters. (Benigni was allegedly afraid that despite his own fame, people might think Buzzanca was the star). Hence, he avoided the $45m disaster of Italy’s priciest film (Fellini was originally due to direct).  The San Francisco Chronicle critic, Edward Guthmann, asked: “What can one say about a balding 50-year-old actor playing an innocent boy carved from a log?”

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