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The pull of Pinocchio - How an Italian fairy tale became a pop culture staple

1 month ago   |   By Little White Lies

Back in 1976, during initial conversations with Brian W Aldiss about his short story ‘Supertoys Last All Summer Long', Stanley Kubrick gave the writer a copy of Carlo Collodi's novel ‘Pinocchio'. The beloved children's fantasy had chimed loudly with Kubrick's nascent concept for a science fiction movie he was developing from the Aldiss story.
Kubrick's concept, which Steven Spielberg eventually realised in 2001 as AI: Artificial Intelligence, emphatically underlined the Collodi connection. ‘Pinocchio' isn't simply alluded to in AI, it's the driving force of a futuristic fable about a robot...
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