Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
Buttons and soap out of people? That'll be the day! Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!
That shit ain't funny.
It helps if you pretend that Roberto Benigni's character is actually insane. It makes it a little more tolerable when he's laughing and joking upon first laying eyes on the concentration camp where he'll be imprisoned. Unfortunately for the film, he's not insane. He's perfectly sane. He understands full and well that he will almost certainly never come out alive of the camp. It's really quite insulting what is done here, where the Holocaust, perhaps the greatest atrocity ever committed against humanity, is played out as a big joke. Sure, the filmmakers seem to have all the facts, but for some sick reason, they can't…
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…
"You can lose all your points for any one of three things. One: If you cry. Two: If you ask to see your mother. Three: If you're hungry and ask for a snack! Forget it!"
A bold and daring piece of cinematic work, Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful happens to be one of the most extraordinary films of its decade whilst also being one of the more overlooked. Often criticized as being unbelievable and working too hard as a means of functioning as a comedy, the truth to Life is Beautiful is that its a beautiful, hilarious and touching film set in the confines of Nazi occupied concentration camps during an unnerving time period. Benigni assumes the role…
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...
There is something that unsettles me about this movie, in all its heartfelt goodness. It is well-intentioned, simple, and innocent. Perhaps it is not so much that I'm unsettled, then, as irritated. I'll never be able to see the world the way Guido Orefice sees it, and I think that's a sad thing.
A gentle man defends his son's innocence in the face of the Holocaust. Get to know the man and his family, understand their way of life, and it begins to make sense why such a man would be so desperately intent on deflecting the truth away from his son. The early forties were tumultuous times for everybody in Europe, and yet here is a bastion of goodness.…
As grating as Roberto Benigni can be, I can't deny that his Holocaust comedy-drama-romance is so touching and elegant, proving a great talent and boldness in Benigni to make us laugh as well reveal some uncompromising truths.
Roberto Benigni's 'Life Is Beautiful' is a veritable, emotional joyride. Quite a difficult film to define in that sense so you have to view it as a two part play. Act 1 is pure Benigni pantomime, The little Italian is centre stage throughout the event & goofily fumbles his way through the play with great hilarity.
Act 2 is a much more sombre affair. Yet through the sadness & desperation the characters find themselves in (during Nazi-occupied Italy towards the end of the second World War) there is Benigni, again centre stage, protecting his only son from the reality of the situation in such a stoic & humorous manner that you cannot help but smile all the way through, albeit through watery eyes!
Fabulous film! A classic of sorts.
One that I already want to watch again!
still sobbing however many years later
There aren't very many films that warrant teary eyes at the end. I feel under equipped to give a review of any kind, for a film like this. It is nothing short of a masterpiece, and deserves every accolade that it received. Hats off to Mr. Roberto Benigni for a rare classic, that becomes more than just a film. A major thanks to you, for contributing to cinema in such a beautiful way.
Wonderful movie, really sweet but also very sad at the end. Great screenplay, the dialogue and Guido's character were very well written.
This is such a beautiful film all about war. Can't remember a lot about it, but it's a classic and I thought it was filmed longer ago than 18 years ago. The story is so moving and with happy connotations.
This is a film that I wanted to think on a little bit before reviewing, as my thoughts were pretty muddled while watching it. However all that time has revealed to me is that I stand by my gut instinct; I really don't like Life is Beautiful. The film is a comedy-drama which sees Jewish-Italian Guido and his son sent to a Nazi concentration camp, where Guido uses his comedy and light spirit to try and protect his son's innocence. Essentially, he is trying to use comedy as a weapon against the horrors of the Holocaust. This is an interesting idea, but one that requires a very delicate and skillful touch that this film doesn't have. Actually, it takes a…
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