LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
Review: Guido, a Jewish librarian, his wife, Dora and their son Giosue all become victims of the Holocaust. Guido does everything he can to protect his son from the dangers of their camp. He uses a perfect mixture of will, humour and imagination.
Director: Roberto Benigni
Actors: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi and Giorgio Cantarini
Genre: Art House, Comedy, Drama, International and War
The original title to this film in Italian is La Vita e Bella. The film is split into two parts. The first half of the film is really funny and has a sort of light atmosphere about it. It is pure comedy. When we first see them at the beginning courting it is delightful to watch but little do we know what the terrible consequences are going to be and when. It is all tears. The end result is courageous and it is a very humanistic piece of film making. Considering the subject matter the whole of the film is all handled very sensitively. Roberto Benigni directed this and is also the lead actor. He is also married to Nicolatta Braschi in real-life. This is very much about the human spirit. After this had its Oscar win, the film increased its box office tally by 45% and added nearly 500 theatres to its US run. The box office of the film reached more than $225 million internationally. Late Film Critic Roger Ebert wrote in his review about this “About hope for the future. About the necessary human conviction, or delusion, that things will be better for our children than they are right now”. At the Academy Awards in 1999 this won 3 Oscar Awards. They were for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Roberto Benigni), Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and for Best Foreign Language Film. At the Bafta Film Awards in 1999 Roberto Benigni won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. At the Cannes Film Festival in 1998 Roberto Benigni won the Grand Prize of the Jury Award.
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL