Gordiano Lupi, “Pierino contro tutti”

We all know the Pierino of the jokes, who seems to have an illustrious precedent even in Mark Twain and who, going back even further, derives from the Atellan farce, Plautus and the commedia dell’arte. In the early eighties it was brought to the screens by Alvaro Vitali — who had the phisique du rôle to interpret it — and by countless imitators. Gordiano Lupi, a lover of genre cinema, or rather a certain genre, wrote an essay on the figure of the enfant terrible.

Lupi analyzes all the films dedicated to Pierino: in addition to the three main ones, “Pierino contro…