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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...
I didn't have the highest hopes for this one but it managed to sail pretty clearly under my low expectations. Benigni is probably the worst actor to ever win an Oscar.
I was moved by La Vita E Bella. Benigi both directed and featured in this wonderful film. His acting and writing skills were simply spectacular.
beautiful, cheerful movie. very ''easy to watch'': late-night friendly, tipsy-friendly, group friendly :D
Roberto Begnini is a genius for co-writing and directing a film like this. This is without doubt the absolute best foreign film that I've ever seen. The film begins with a love story, between Guido and Dora, where Guido is a Jew and Dora isn't, and they fall in love. A couple years pass and they now have a son, a young boy named Joshua. This is at the exact time when Jews in Italy were being sent away to concentration camps during World War II. So Guido and his son are taken away. And instead of explaining the horrible situation, and watch his son cope with the truth, he instead makes it seem like a big game, The film's…
I watched this movie when I was really young and it was the first time I had my heart completely broken! This will always be one of my favorite movies.
One of the best films of all time. To manage the delicate balance of hope and terror while using such a difficult topic is no easy task. Benigni is fantastic.
dumb as hell and exploitative. The Holocaust wasn't a heart-warming family comedy designed to uplift. This film preaches ignorance and stupidity.
It's funny how sometimes we remember thing incorrectly, especially from when we were children and especially when we think that the memory that we had in our brains is reality.
I had only seen Life is Beautiful once (I think I'm not too sure now), we had to watch it for English class when I was 16. What I had remembered in my brain was that it was in black and white (incorrect), it was spoken in English (incorrect) and that it had been really depressing (not completely incorrect). It seems my brain had forgotten the first half of the film, I don't remember laughing at all. I doubt I would have appreciated most of the jokes back then anyway…
I watched this in my 7th grade English class and it has stuck with me ever since.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…