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Life Is Beautiful
An unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all.
A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.
Winner of Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Life Is Beautiful (also known as La vita è bella) is a sweet, delicate & intimately crafted drama that begins as a mesmerising love story full of heart, laughs & affection, only to later change its course to paint a touching portrait of a father-son relationship with mankind's darkest period set against its backdrop.
Set in Italy, the story of Life Is Beautiful concerns Guido; a young, carefree Jewish man who courts n marries the woman he loves & lives happily with his family until Italy is occupied by German forces. With his entire family forcibly deported to a Nazi concentration camp, Guido attempts to make the best use of his wit & imagination to…
“This is my story. This is the sacrifice my father made. This was his gift to me.”
The film that introduced the world to the charming Italian actor, Roberto Benigni (perhaps not because they saw his actual movie, but for the way he accepted his Oscar for his performance in this film as he leaped through the seats of the actors that were attending the ceremony). This is my favorite foreign film because it manages to balance a wonderful story that begins as a romantic comedy and ends up being about the tragic events that took place during the holocaust. How could Benigni possibly pull something like this off? He’s telling a hopeful light hearted story in the midst of…
What starts off as another Benigni physical comedy soon turns into one of the funniest yet harrowing tales of the holocaust.
For the first half hour, Benigni plays a poor jewish waiter who falls in love with a richer woman, Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), who he starts to woo constantly.
This part of the film sets the setting, with the nazis and facists growing in power in Italy. This part sets the entire tone and time period of the film.
This part is really funny. I always enjoyed watching Benigni and his high energy comedy. Anyone who watched his roles in Jarmusch's films (Down by Law, Night on Earth) will know his physical comedy sense.
Sort of a Chaplin like, with…
This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.
Well it took me 14 years but I finally watched it. It was one of those films that was so overly hyped that I'm sure if I had watched it in 1998 I would have loathed it before the first subtitle appeared on the screen.
The first half of the film serves as a pure comedy in the vein of a Charlie Chaplin film. Roberto Benigni looks nothing like Chaplin facially but he seems to embody him in spirit. I didn't think I would like a broad comedy like this, but I did because the characters are so endearing.
While the first half is pure comedy, it also…
"Good morning Princess!"
Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful is a wonderful and emotional love story that has stuck with me for nearly two decades now. I got to revisit it this weekend and the film is still an emotional rollercoaster ride for me. When it comes to recommending a foreign language film this one is always on the top of my list. It may start as a simple love story and at times feel a bit juvenile, but if you stick with the movie you are in for a great treat. The story is overly emotional, but that is exactly the point because despite all the horrors in this world, we are still reminded about the beauty of life. It's…
This film's supposed charm and endearing nature was completely lost on me, of which the grating and unrelentingly annoying nature of Benigni's contrived character played no small part.
I'm the first to admit that saccharin sentimentalism rarely appeals to me (especially when ingrained with supposed 'cute' comedy), however I actually found this film to be quite crass and crude in its handling of the subject matter. Maybe I missed the joke where the holocaust is supposed to be considered a big fun game though...
This is one of those big "IMDB Top 250" films that I've never been remotely fussed about seeing - the idea of two hours of Roberto Benigni seemed a bit much at the best of times, and I had little faith in him being able to carry off this particular scenario. But it turns out it's my piano teacher's favourite film, and before I knew it I was leaving a lesson with a dodgy DVD-R copy that he had pressed into my hand along with that week's musical assignment.
Well, it's certainly not going to become MY favourite film, but I did end up enjoying this more than I expected. Benigni's "I NEVER SHUT UP, EVER" style still grates on…
I have never cried this much for a movie . Touching story , amazing actors. Perfect! Definitely my favourite movie !
Heartwarming and touching.
sad but tru, REALLY well written
I was either 19 or 20 when I saw this film for the first, and only time, at the Green Hills movie theater. It was the first time in my life I had ever been truly moved by a piece of art. I vividly remember leaving the theater with a friend and not being able to speak for quite a while afterwards. She kept asking me what I thought, and I had no words to articulate what I was feeling.
For that sole reason, it's my favorite movie of all time. I've only seen it that once, and am thankful for whatever circumstances lead me to that moment in my life.
Whatever moves you, embrace it!
Day 289 of 365 of my year long challenge
Week 42: The answer to life, the universe and everything
Having spent years knowing only the most general things about Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful, the most striking thing about it is actually how there's almost an entire first half forgotten by popular memory. This really is a film of two halves and it leaves me a man of two minds.
Long before he's sent to the concentration camps with his family, Guido (Benigni), is just a goofy, charming fool who crashes into a small town in Italy. Instantly falling in love with his Princess, Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), Guido makes a small life for himself as a waiter and…
That hat trick.
Roberto Benigni made a bold choice to add comedy to a tense subject and yet he managed to pull it off with flying colors.
The film has a lot of energy to it and if anyone has watched Benigni as the Oscars when he won you can see that he has that same energy off screen as well and that what makes this movie shine is its energy.
Now despite the laughs the movie is not all fun and games and when it wants to get serious it does but not to a point like in "Schindler's List" or "The Pianist" where you can't watch the film again right when its over. Here with "Life is Beautiful"…
Give me your top 10 favorite comedies!
Complete list. :-(