The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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...
"Like a fable, there is sorrow... and, like a fable, it is full of wonder and happiness"
Any film that centers its story around the holocaust is walking a fine line, and there is always the chance of offending people. If this film offended you, I do understand, and I am not going to be mad about that.
However, I will say that I fully believe that it is in no way possible that Roberto Benigni had any intention to upset people, and I think it's important to try to understand that and…
A man will go to any length to preserve in his son the positive outlook on life that has given him a prosperous life, even in the least human conditions known to man.
It's as Beautiful as it sounds.
I cried. A lot.
Okay, as of now, I rate how beautiful movies are from 0 to La Vita È Bella.
"هذه قصة بسيطة .. لكنها ليست سهلة على احد ان يقصها عليك .. مثل قصص الخرافة هناك احزان .. ومثل الخرافة فهي مليئة بالإعجوبة والسعادة"
<< الفلم عرف نفسه من اول دقيقة.
*** القصة والاحداث لطيفة, لكن رغم إنه لطيف تحسه (ثقيييل وطويييل) ***
لو سالتني تنصح فيه باقول لا
*الفلم كان المفروض يكون قصير وخفيف
I love this film. How in the fuck did I not see this before?
I love the love story behind Guido and Dora.
I love the humor.
I love how he uses this humor to make a better world for his son.
I love the ending.
5 out of friggin' 5, guys. I'm buying the Blu-Ray.
EDIT: This is also a far better movie than anyone involved in that cinematic bag of worm vomit The Choice will ever make, by the way.
Confused right now.
Hm. No sé. Como que me ha dejado bastante indiferente.
Benigni puto payaso estás viendo cómo un perro está a punto de hacer que acribillen a tu hijo y se te ocurre ponerte a hacer el capullo.
"Je pense que chaque citoyen de cette belle France peut se poser des questions concernant l'existence des chambres à gaz et du comportement d'hitler. Je ne vois pas en quoi prouver que ce film est basé sur une histoire fausse peut être mal interprété par la loi française.
En clair, je veux rétablir la démocratie en France. "
- discours possible d'Henri de Lesquen à propos de ce film.
I've never seen like this.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
1. Any film featuring a character named 'May'
2. A Scandinavian teen/coming of age film