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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was a blind watch, didn't know what to expect from it, except that the subject matter related to the concentration camps. By the end, i found myself pleasantly surprised and highly moved by the picture, for a number of good reasons, i'm not surprised the flick grabbed 3 oscars wins. The movie is great in terms of its script structuring and character depth. At the heart of it, its mainly a family related movie, it centre's around 3 main characters; father, wife and kid. At the beginning of the movie, we are greeted with the main character, Guido and his pal Ferruccio. Just ordinary characters until coincidental events start to occur. Taking on a very fairytale-like structure with the…
A powerful and emotional tale about love and hope during one of the darkest periods of mankind history.
Warning: Tissues needed.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Nossa, cheguei ao final de “A Vida é Bela” sem estruturas. Desidratei por conta das lágrimas. Que filme! O cinema é realmente belo.
Gostei demais. Já esperava me emocionar porque filmes que abordam o holocausto, seja como for, me deixam tocado. Não esperava que fosse me destruir dessa forma. Guido é um personagem admirável, um pai exemplar. Ele pode ter sido exagerado em alguns momentos da primeira hora do filme, mas no geral o personagem funcionou bem. Protegeu a inocência do filho diante do horror da situação que estavam vivendo. Não permitiu que a criança visse seu sofrimento e sentisse suas dores. Palmas pra ele.
Roberto Benigni está ótimo sim. Como apontei acima, pode ter forçado em alguns momentos, mas…
Not a fan, felt too cheesy and wouldn't watch it again.
Life Is Beautiful is a film of two halves, the first of which brings us a light-hearted love story in which Guido Orefice attempts to win the heart of school teacher Dora, who is engaged to a rich yet arrogant local government official then what proceeds in the second half of the film is...well, a light-hearted father and son bonding story in with a concentration camp as the backdrop. It's quite a daunting task on paper to tackle such a horrendous human act with humour but in the case of Guido using his livelihood mannerisms of acting like a clown in order to keep the innocence of his son intact, it's a tremendously executed film on the prevail of the…
Dieser Film, dieses Meisterwerk, nimmt uns gleich in den ersten Minuten in die Arme.
Die erste Hälfte ist eine kluge Komödie zur Zeit des Faschismus in Italien, wobei der Protagonist uns jedes Mal ein Lachen abzwingt und einfach keine Sekunde langweilt, wunderbar charismatisch verkörpert von Roberto Benigni. Die zweite Hälfte reißt uns runter in die unmenschliche Naziherrschaft und das Schicksal der Juden, während wir in einer Mischung aus Angst, Ekel aber auch Hoffnung den Wegen der Protagonisten folgen.
Ein wunderbarer Film der Menschlichkeit in einem der schwärzesten Kapitel unserer Geschichte und zurecht der Gewinner von drei Oscars.
Keine Miene bleibt ohne Lächeln und kein Herz bleibt unberührt.
The amount I hate this film perhaps says more about me than it does the film but Benigni is an acquired taste that just repels me. I don't find his brand of humour funny - and although I can appreciate what he is trying to achieve (and the concentration camp scenes are the closest he gets to empathy) I find spending time in his company a chore. Sorry.
Cada vez que la veo alucino con la primera mitad. El guión es un engranaje perfecto. Me encanta como va plantando detalles sin importancia y luego los hace encajar de forma fantástica (la llave, el sombrero, etc). Cuando la última de las piezas hace clic y acaba esa cita perfecta no puedo evitar levantarme y aplaudir.
No le pongo 5 estrellas sólo porque la segunda mitad no me parece igual de redonda, aunque sigue siendo maravillosa.
this was so nice and cute but also so sad
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…