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.
Buttons and soap out of people? That'll be the day! Hahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!
That shit ain't funny.
It helps if you pretend that Roberto Benigni's character is actually insane. It makes it a little more tolerable when he's laughing and joking upon first laying eyes on the concentration camp where he'll be imprisoned. Unfortunately for the film, he's not insane. He's perfectly sane. He understands full and well that he will almost certainly never come out alive of the camp. It's really quite insulting what is done here, where the Holocaust, perhaps the greatest atrocity ever committed against humanity, is played out as a big joke. Sure, the filmmakers seem to have all the facts, but for some sick reason, they can'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…
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…
There is something that unsettles me about this movie, in all its heartfelt goodness. It is well-intentioned, simple, and innocent. Perhaps it is not so much that I'm unsettled, then, as irritated. I'll never be able to see the world the way Guido Orefice sees it, and I think that's a sad thing.
A gentle man defends his son's innocence in the face of the Holocaust. Get to know the man and his family, understand their way of life, and it begins to make sense why such a man would be so desperately intent on deflecting the truth away from his son. The early forties were tumultuous times for everybody in Europe, and yet here is a bastion of goodness.…
Life Is Beautiful is a film of two halves. Unfortunately, I really wasn't fond of the first of those halves.
I suspect there's something of a cultural disconnect going on here. I didn't find any of Benigni's antics amusing, nor did I find him to be remotely charming. The whole first half, where he attempts to court his future wife, comes off as incredibly creepy to me.
The film picks up in the latter half, once the plot gets going, and I found the remainder of the film much more interesting and entertaining. It's just a shame it takes so long to get there.
This film walks a beautiful line between hilarious and heartbreaking. There are some moments and pictures that will likely stay with me forever, but even more than that it's the story as a whole that speaks for its self. The characters are all solid, the plot moves along at a perfect pace, and it mixes two major segments of a life totally seamlessly in creating a cohesive film. At almost exactly 2 hours, it's not really a long film but there is so much in it. One of the best Holocaust films I've ever seen.
!הסרט מרגש, עצוב ומצחיק כאחד ובניני משחק מצויין
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
pinche película sí me hizo llorar. Pero es cursi.
Film #11 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Item #11: A film that makes you cry
This is one of the few (and maybe only) film that brought me to tears in the theater. Rewatching it 17 years later didn't turn on the waterworks, but it's still as poignant and touching as it ever was. It's amazing that all the other Benigni films I've seen have been such duds, with this one a bit of a one-hit wonder.
The holocaust was terrible. That is a crystal clear fact, anyway, requiring no further clarification on my part. We are all well aware of the immense depth and powerful emotions connected to mentioned historical disaster. In tackling “Life Is Beautiful” (1997), the debate revolves mainly around one important question, namely, whether a movie should go as far as treating the holocaust with lightness and humor. Or, whether, as often pleaded, any reduction of brutality would be insulting and disrespectful to the victims, which would moreover blind the audience, should be condemned.
In my opinion, movies do not merely serve an authentic representation of events and should be ruled out of any obligation to depict a historically correct and wide-ranging image,…
Roberto Benigni’s finest hour arrived in 1997 when the triple-threat oscar nominated writer/director/actor appeared before the world. Benigni, a natural mime in the worthiest sense of the word, brilliantly brings together slapstick comedy with nuanced social commentary about the Holocaust and responsible parenting in a movie that threatens to implode at any moment while achieving quite the opposite indeed.
The first act sets up Benigni’s perpetually romantic Jewish character Guido Orefice. Fresh from the countryside, Guido gets a job working as a waiter in a posh hotel in Arezzo, Italy in 1939. A series of surreptitiously intentional meetings with his idealised incarnation of femininity, Dora (played by Benigni’s real life wife Nicoletta Braschi), puts Guido through a series of socially…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
1940-2014; not quite to 600 yet.