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 is the first film I have seen by Roberto Benigni.
This film is just great, just great. The humour in the film I found both funny and clever and the film was also very dark and tragic at the same time.
But the reason I give this four and a half stars is because I can understand why some people criticized the humour with its subject. But that does not mean I don't like the film. The film has a message, in the face of conflicting horror, there is hope and love and the human spirit can conquer all.
The real question is, "is life beautiful?', Maybe this is the answer is this, Pardon me if I sound to…
I loved this movie even though it's really sad
This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When it comes to making the most of their 15 minutes of fame, I can’t think of anyone who got more in than Roberto Benigni. And I don’t mean he used it well and turned it into bigger, better things. I mean he got an entire career worth of public onion into his short window of mainstream attention. He went from unknown, to delightful oddity, to Academy Award winner, to over exposed annoyance, to high profile flop maker, back to relative main stream obscurity. And he did all of that with just one movie, Life is Beautiful. And I have to admit, I let that public opinion influence my own take on it.
I heard it existed, I thought it…
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Top 250 #26 [IMDB]
A Fantastic film where the story telling aspect is the most important element of this film, yes the acting is great and well shot, but ultimately the story is king. We are able to believe in true story telling again. The art is not lost, regardless of how anything is shot, it's all technical and it's another reason to debate something long enough. A Funny film that has many depths of value. Great acting within a surreal environment beautiful scenes that do leave you feeling so good and slightly teary eyed to. Highly recommend this film Life is Beautiful is a wonderful script. I can't recommend the story enough. one will not be disappointed with this film. A wonderful cinema experience.
Recommended drama. At first it seems like a happy-go-lucky love story, but during the second half the tragicomedy unfold... a good, gut-wrenching one.
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Family
It's like the Italian It's a Wonderful Life... Kinda. (The first half is quite reminiscent of that film, though.)
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…