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.
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…
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...
"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…
A thing of pure beauty. I will never forget leaving the theater after seeing this. The will to survive and to love our own...wow
Strange film. Roberto Benigni's brand of comedy wasn't working at all for me in the first half of the movie, way too slapstick. It works better in the more serious 2nd half when it's toned down. It's a really hard movie to pin down - is it artistic or trashy in the way it deals with the subject matter? I'm leaning more towards the former, but I can see this rubbing a good number of people the wrong way, and I can probably see where they are coming from, too.
By far my favorite film so far in cinema, I loved the use of color and the sense of humor Roberto Benigni portrays. Was overly impressed by the acting done by young Giorgio Cantarini, he played the part perfectly.
LIFE IS HORRIBLE
Life is Beautiful is a Holocaust comedy. The main couple has a son and on the son's birthday they go to a concentration camp. The father hides the son in the camp with him, the whole time pretending it is a game so his son does not get scared. He saves his son's life, but he is not so lucky.
O filme se divide em duas partes. Um deles é pura comédia estilo Chaplin. O outro sorri através das lágrimas. Benigni, que também dirigiu e co-escreveu o filme, estrela como Guido, um garçom de hotel Italiano na década de 1930. O filme suaviza o Holocausto para fazer o humor possível a todos. Nos campos de morte verdadeiros, não haveria espaço para Guido. Mas "A Vida é Bela" não é sobre nazistas e fascistas, mas sobre o espírito humano.Trata-se de resgatar tudo o que é bom e esperançoso dos destroços dos sonhos é sobre esperança para o futuro, sobre a convicção de recursos humanos, ou ilusão, de que as coisas serão melhores para os nossos filhos do que são agora.
Life is Beautiful's earnestness may be light and bright, but ultimately, it turns its horrifying subject matter into something slight and trite.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
If Roberto Benigni's charismatic character can't make you smile at any point throughout this film, I'll punch myself in the stomach.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…