Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Calvino's "The False Grandmother" read by John Turturro

This has been making the rounds around the internet, I discovered it on Midori Snyder's blog several days ago when I was recovering my trip. From her blog:

Actor John Turturro has acquired the rights to create a filmed version of Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales (perhaps my all time favorite fairy tale collection). Last year, Turturro tested the waters so to speak with a new play "Fiable italiano" adapted from Calvino's collection. It was performed before sold out audiences in Turin, Naples and Milan and included layers of languages from English to a variety of Italian dialects. (The play also included one of my favorites stories -- about a donkey that appears to defecate gold and a fool who makes sure it happens). The prospect of a film really, really excites me.

In the meantime, you can read more about the film project here...and watch this short animated film of Calvino's "The False Grandmother" (illustrated by Kevin Ruelle), a really creepy and scary variant of "Little Red Riding Hood" read by Turturro.

This is an exciting project since Calvino's tales are so rich and interesting. If you don't own his collection, Italian Folktales, you should.

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