In no particular order (1940-2016).
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…
"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...
REVIEW: Life Is Beautiful
Faced With The Possibility Of Death At The Hands Of His Nazi Captors, A Man Conjures Up A Game To Help His Son Get Through The Horrors. Grim and Hopeless Yet Innocent and Funny, Life Is Beautiful's Title Speaks Volumes To Describe The Experience Of Its Film. Roberto Benigni Delivers A Splendid Performance As Guido, Balancing The Lighthearted Nature Of His Character With The True Nature Of The Situation. Giorgio Cantarini, For a Child Actor, Does A Solid Job In His Role. Nicoletta Braschi Did Nicely As Guido's Wife. The Direction By Benigni Is Stupendous, The Cinematography Is Passable and The Screenplay/Story Is A Lovable Tale Of Optimism and Sacrifices In The Inevitability Of The End. 50 Points.
8.5 Out Of 10 On The Slate Scale
more like roberto benigni is beautiful am i right
Words cannot describe how beautiful this movie is. At the end of the film I was speechless. I experienced such a range of emotions that I've never had before with any other film. Just perfection in my mind.
There is so much heart in this movie, it is incredible.
Roberto Benigni as Lead/Director crafted a light hearted comedy and a dark wartime drama at the same time.
Playing the jewish Italian Guido who first finds the love of his life and then has to suffer with his family through a hard time, he makes me laugh when I shouldn't. Playing with so many serious elements but still putting a funny cover over it.
Life is Beautiful is so incredibly well done. And you will shed tears of sadness, joy and laughter during this movie, if you have such a good experience like I had with it.
+Atemberaubend schöne Geschichte
+Zeigt die Abgründe des Nationalsozialismus
+Teilt sich in zwei Abschnitte, die gleich lang sind (Erste Hälfte wird das schöne Leben vom Hauptcharakter gezeigt, zweite Hälfte die Zeit im Arbeitslager)
+Ein liebenswerter Hauptcharakter
+Liebesgeschichte über den ganzen Film wird nicht vergessen
+Der Versuch des Vaters seinem Kind den Schrecken dem sie ausgesetzt sind anders zu erklären ist so rührend und bewegend
+Film vergisst nicht, das es eine Komödie sein soll
+Dramatisch gegen Ende
-Geht gegen Ende zu sehr ins Comedy ein
Both beautifully hilarious and heartbreaking
I remember watching this film for the first time about 4 years ago and thinking it was great but not loving it quite as much as everyone else. Now was high time I gave it re-watch to see if would like it more this time when I wasn't so sleep deprived and watching the subtitled version rather than the dubbed one.
And guess what. I absolutely loved on this second watch. Most of the pure joy and tonal perfection of this film comes from the magnificent performance from Roberto Benigni, something that can't be fully appreciated in the dubbed version. Starting off with a truly delightful and hilarious first half, letting us care about these characters before shifting gears. Then…
impecável em todas as categorias existentes, A vida e Bela eh possivelmente o melhor filme em linguá estrangeira(leia-se: não-anglófono) que eu já tive o prazer de assistir.
So, so, so beautiful.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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