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.
“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…
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…
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…
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.)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I loved this movie due to fact that it has to distinct parts: the first one, where Guido and La Principessa Dora are a couple with no kids; and the second, when Joshua is born. I personally liked the second one the most, because that's when the movie gets more interesting and filled with content. However, I didn't really becomea big fan of that final scene where they kill Guido... It was just so tragic and unpredictable. Not that I like predictable movies, but I would never ever think it would end that way.
I recommend this movie to everyone, especially with the original Italian audio. The way they talk is fascinating, I'm looking forward to learning they're language.
i laugh, i cry, i realize life is truly beautiful
Benigni's character as Guido Orefice is probably one of the best character ever created.
This movie is so sad but so good :(
"Veja meu umbigo como é superior!"
Esse era Benigni dizendo: "Veja como somos idiotas! Todos temos o mesmo umbigo feio"
Mas a vida é Bela e é PARA TODOS, assim como filme.
Tragi-comic tale of Jewish bookseller and family in wartime. Horst Buchholz's obsessive, haunted Doctor, trying to buy his way out of his responsibility with a tiny act of kindness, is excellent.
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…