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.
|Original Title||:||La vita è bella|
|Release Date||:||December 20, 1997|
|Production Company||:||Miramax Films, Melampo Cinematografica|
|Director||:||Roberto Benigni, Gianni Arduini|
|Writers||:||Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami|
|Casts||:||Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Amerigo Fontani, Sergio Bini Bustric, Lidia Alfonsi, Horst Buchholz, Pietro De Silva, Marisa Paredes, Giuliana Lojodice, Francesco Guzzo, Adelaide Alaïs, Verena Buratti, Hannes Hellmann, Wolfgang Hillinger, Antonio Prester, Gina Rovere, Laura Susanne Ruedeberg, Richard Sammel, Andrea Tidona, Dirk K. van den Berg, Omero Antonutti|
|Plot Keywords||:||italy, riddle, loss of loved one, bookshop, self sacrifice, mass murder, concentration camp, bicycle accident, fascism, world war ii, love of one's life, deportation, jew persecution, fantasy, nazis, national socialism, charade, riding a bicycle, price, story teller, concentration camp prisoner, dying and death, peekaboo|
I find it sad that so many people are so narrow-minded that they will not watch a movie that is black and white or, in this case, is subtitled. I feel sorry for people who refuse to watch a movie like Life Is Beautiful just because it is a foreign film. They have no idea what a beautifully acted and directed film this is, and they'll never know what an amazing experience they are missing.
Life Is Beautiful manages to walk the extremely thin line between humor, fantasy, and tragedy. Sure, the film is clearly comedic, but nevertheless it manages to very effectively communicate the tremendous losses suffered in the Nazi concentration camps and has scenes at least as intense as any scene in Schindler's List.
This is one of the best films that I have ever seen. It manages to be so encompassing that you hardly notice the subtitles are even there. I proudly cast my vote of 10.