|Life Is Beautiful
aka La Vita è bella (1997)
Release date: 23 October 1998
Life Is Beautiful Official Web Site - see Miramax
Roberto Benigni ---------- Guido Orefice
Nicoletta Braschi --------- Dora
Giustino Durano ---------- Uncle
Sergio Bini Bustric ------- Ferruccio Orefice
Marisa Paredes ---------- Dora's Mother
Horst Buchholz ---------- Dr. Lessing
Lidia Alfonsi ------------- Guicciardini
Giuliana Lojodice -------- Direttrice
Giorgio Cantarini -------- Giosue
Directed by ----------------- Roberto Benigni
Produced by ---------------- Elda Ferri, Gianluigi Braschi
Line producer -------------- Mario Cotone
Music by ------------------- Nicola Piovani
Camera -------------------- Tonino Delli Colli
Editor ---------------------- Simona Paggi
Production Design by ------- Danilo Donati
Costume Design by --------- Danilo Donati
Screenplay by -------------- Vincenzo Cerami, Roberto Benigni
MPAA Rated PG-13
The movie, "Life Is Beautiful", it tells the story of a man
forced to face the mounting horror of World War II. Guido is in love with
a school teacher Dora. Guido fights for her even though she is engaged
to another man. Years later it is wartime and Guido is married to Dora
and they have a son called Giosue. Guido is Jewish and is sent to a concentration
camp where Giosue and Dora try to follow him.
1999 71st Annual Academy Awards
Actor in a Lead Role
Roberto Benigni as Guido in Life is Beautiful
Grand Jury Prize winner at Cannes.
Original Dramatic Score
Life is Beautiful Nicola Piovani
Foreign Language Film Life
is Beautiful Italy
28 Apr - Life is Beautiful is the most wonderful movie I've
seen. It has touched me in an incredible way. I never experienced the emotional
devastation of the Holocaust in the way the Roberto made me feel it. He
is certainly a genius and a very genuine human being. Viva Roberto! --
24 Apr - Just saw the most beautiful movie in my 57 years! Read
the comment by others, and was struck by the last sentence in the last
comment. Was this a true story? And was the boy Roberto? Thank you for
21 Apr - I cry very easily. A 30 second commercial can set me
off! I hate feeling manipulated, so I usually avoid "tear-jerkers" at all
costs. However, because of several pre-Oscar interviews I had watched,
I decided to take a chance on Life Is Beautiful. And... I have never been
so amazed and overwhelmed by any other experience in my entire adult life.
Even during the lighthearted moments, I sat with tears of laughter and
grief running down my cheeks. At the end, though I couldn't read a word,
I stayed through the credits, too weak to get up and walk out of the theater.
Comedy, tragedy, political commentary, intense and passionate lovestory
of a man for a woman, and a father for his son, all of these describe Life
Is Beautiful, yet none can fully explain it. A friend commented after the
Oscars that she was getting tired of Roberto Benigni's "clowning", yet
when I asked her if she had seen the movie, she said she had not. All I
could tell her was to see it, and begin to understand the brilliance that
was created by that "clown".
2 Apr - This movie has moved me so incredibly... I am the most
impartial person I know, always riding the fence, refusing to name favorites.
Life is Beautiful is now easily my favorite movie of all time. I am afraid
it will leave the theaters soon, and that I'll never find it on video.
2 Apr - To see the absolute brilliance of Roberto Benigni, plus
an inspirational story, is more than worth the $7 at the theater. This
film is priceless and should become a classic. I just hope that Benigni
continues to touch people so much through his strong character and motion
picture works of art. I hope that all of his films are eventually released
in America; his works and his personality are like a priceless and indestructible
gem in Hollywood's crown of glory.
27 Mar - I am one who never cries at the movies. Saw all
the 'tearjerkers' - Titanic, The English Patient, etc. When I saw Life
is Beautiful, I did not cry throughout the whole film. Finally, the credits
started to roll, the lights came on and everyone in the theatre started
to leave. In a matter of seconds, I felt a wave of something come
over me and I began to sob. Not a few tears, I truly sobbed like
I think being from an Italian family, the film must have hit a nerve
of some sort, because no movie has ever done that to me before. Bravo to
Roberto Benigni for touching something in me that no film maker has ever
done. I will purchase it on home video when available. Mr. S. M.
23 Mar - This has got to be one of the most wonderful movies
that I have seen in the past several years. As soon as I walked out of
the theatre, I said to me myself that when this movie comes out on video,
I will buy it because if I ever lose my humanity, I will watch it again.
The acting was absolutely superb. We don't make movies that good here in
the USA. I was very pleased that it received the BEST Foreign movie and
that Roberto won BEST ACTOR awards. I recommend that you take a large box
of tissues with you. Subtitle nuisance disappeared after 10 minutes. I
would rate it an AAA+++. By the way, the last sentence of your description
was wrong. The boy was taken with the Father. Dora then insisted that she
be put on the train also to be with them both.
I did not know that Roberto was the child in the movie and that he played
his Father. He used humor and games to save his boy's life in the concentration
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Life is Beautiful Movie Review
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