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…
"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…
Life Is Beautiful is a remarkable story about love that fantastically sugar-coats the horror of Holocaust with Roberto Benigni’s (here served as the writer, director, and actor) fresh and hilarious comedy. Just to briefly compare the ambiance of Holocaust described in “Schindler’s List” with the one portrayed here, this film really repressed the frightening experience of the Jews as not so frightening, it’s like playing joke with The Death because Guido (Benigni) awesomely portrayed such a horrific subject as a comedy. The entire film is divided into two acts, love (his love and admiration towards Dora (Nicoltette Bruschi, real-life wife of Benigni), and the Holocaust camp experienced by Guido, Dora and Joshua. I admire Guido even more as he tries…
Life is Beautiful is a contrived, sentimental but utterly charming film. Roberto Benigni is brave to tackle such a serious subject in the manner he does but it never comes across as offensive, just a unique vision of the horrors of war.
I would argue it's one of the better concentration camp films because it doesn't rely on the subject matter alone to carry its impact. There is a good hour of character development allowing Benigni to pull out all the stops to have an emotional impact without it feeling cringy or unwanted. Benigni's casting of himself in the lead role might come across as a little conceited but his comedic skill really carries the film from start to finish.…
Different from any other movies about concentration camps. This has you smiling thruout the movie, in contrast to other movies where you do quite the opposite. Great acting for the most part and there are some metaphors within that I have not solved yet. Something about something which leads to something. But a great movie that you should watch.
The most touched i have been in a film in a long time. More people should see this! My highest recommendation.
Drama set against WWII. I'm not sure how to feel about this one, while I thought there were genuine moments that affected me and overall I am glad I saw it, large pieces didn't work. The first act was enjoyable but much too long and I was not convinced by Benigni's performance overall. While I'm glad there are movies like this being made about WWII and the Holocaust, I'm not sure if this was the best version of that story.
Chocking back the tears with this one, the best holocaust film (sorry Schindler.)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I watched this in high school and someone in my class laughed at the ending, can you believe that?
Obra prima. Não precisa falar mais nada.
I don't cry at a lot at movies, but I bawled at the end of this one. In public. At the theater. It's not perfect, but I make no apologies.
Even though, as a rule, I hate sub-titles, this film was so good it didn't matter. The first half was sort of slow and silly, but once they got into the concentration camp it turned heart-wrenching pretty quickly.
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- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
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- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
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