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…
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...
As grating as Roberto Benigni can be, I can't deny that his Holocaust comedy-drama-romance is so touching and elegant, proving a great talent and boldness in Benigni to make us laugh as well reveal some uncompromising truths.
The main protagonist was so annoying that I was wishing that he was killed during the whole movie. I was quite satisfied that he was killed at the end, the ending was the best part of it actually.
"Life is Beautiful" is heart-touching and beautiful.
Tugs at the heartstrings
Es una muestra del amor infinito que nace de un padre hacia su hijo, ambientado en lo fuerte y cruel de la guerra, parece que todo esto saliera de la imaginación de alguien, pero no ... Es muy difícil no llorar con esta historia.
No me canso de esta película.
Grande Benigni!! Y perfecto el niño.
Original Title: La Vita E Bella
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Don't think I've ever been so much in 2 different minds watching a film before. Until the 2nd half of the film the main character just came across as a bit of a creepy stalker who just so happened to wiggle his way into a relationship.
The second half of the film all of his characteristics came into play and he managed to turn what would have been a very traumatic experience and turned into something to completely different. While at points this came across as overly blasé, the scenes such as the one where the main character poses as a translator despite not knowing German were excellent.
I understood it, but I felt like it lacked the polish for it to shine. The structure was certainly there though.
Guido, you the real mvp.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language 3D
- 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
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
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