This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
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.
I'll never forget the first time that I saw this film, as it was the first film I'd ever seen to flat out wreck me emotionally, make me burst out into a fit of uncontrollable tears and lose complete command of my motor functions. The ending of the film, for me, is a flashbulb memory and always will be; as the sobs came spilling out and I, quite literally, fell off my bed and onto the floor, my (now deceased) father heard me wailing all the way from downstairs and came rushing up to my room, under the impression that something terrible might have happened.
I can still, so vividly, recall the haste of my father's footsteps -- their speed…
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…
nah it ain't
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…
Beautiful and Iconic movie
Is overrated, but is perfect in many aspects.
This film is all about love. Love for your family and love for the people around you. It will make you appreciate every little thing you have and love them endlessly while they are still around.
Life is indeed beautiful if it fills of overflowing love.
"you're gonna suffer, but you're gonna be happy about it"
It feels kinda inappropriate to use a ron weasley quote on such an important film but it truly sums it up so perfectly
At first I was like, wow this is really funny! And then I was like, wait, nevermind, this is horrifyingly depressing my bad
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My wonderful Italian teacher had us watch this movie and review it, so why not post it here?
The movie Life is Beautiful is one that really takes you by surprise. Initially it has a rom-com feel - Guido acting like a fool trying to win over the beaitiful woman, but once you get past the love story in the beginning, the facist and Nazi undertones take hold. The loving family of Guido, Dora, and their son is faced with the terrifying tragedy of the concentration camp.
Some might find Guido foolish and stupid for making up the "game" for his son, and seeking out Dora when he can, but he's just trying to keep his son safe and innocent…
"This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell."
I'll never thank my 10th grade English teacher enough for showing us this film in class even though I cried in front of all my classmates.
nah it ain't
This movie is beautiful
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
We are floating up a steep scrubby slope. We hear male voices
gently singing "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and a deep, affable,
Western-accented voice--Sam Elliot's, perhaps:
A way out west there was a fella,
fella I want to tell you about, fella
by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At
least, that was the handle his lovin'
parents gave him, but he never had
much use for it himself. This
Lebowski, he called himself the Dude.
Now, Dude, that's a name no one would
self-apply where I come from. But
then, there was a lot about the Dude
that didn't make a whole lot of sense
to me. And a lot about where he
lived, like- wise. But then…
there's a thing where you adds 'in my ass' to the end of a movie title, so here are some…
A restructured list of my all-time favorite films, though it only examines years 1940 through 2016 (because my knowledge of…