(1948- ) Italian director, scriptwriter and actor, several of whose movies are of fantasy interest. After various jobs – including circus clown and comics gag-writer – MN co-wrote and starred in Bruno Bozzetto's Allegro Non Troppo (1976), a live-action/Animated Movie; he took the mixture much further with Volere Volare (1991), which he co-wrote and co-directed with Guido Manuli. The latter is an archetypal Toon movie, ranking alongside Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Cool World (1992). Also of note in a fantasy context is The Icicle Thief (1989) – which MN wrote, directed and starred in – a wistful, nostalgic Parody of Vittorio de Sica's Bicycle Thieves (1948; ot Ladri di Biciclette; vt The Bicycle Thief US) while at the same time a vicious Satire of the way tv stations can butcher movies through Commercial breaks, a matter over which other Italian directors have loudly complained. MN's work can tend to self-indulgence, but his imagination is rarely infertile. [JG]
other works written and directed: Ratatplan (1979); Ho Fatto Splash (1980); Domani si Balla (1982; vt Tomorrow We Dance).