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Life Is Beautiful

PG-13
Movie
1997
1h 56m
Italian
Comedy, Drama
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.
Rating
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8.7
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CRITIC SCORE
70

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Cast

Roberto Benigni
Guido Orefice
Giorgio Cantarini
Giosué Orefice
Giustino Durano
Eliseo Orefice
Amerigo Fontani
Rodolfo
Lidia Alfonsi
Signora Guicciardini
Horst Buchholz
Dottore Lessing
Pietro De Silva
Bartolomeo
Marisa Paredes
Madre di Dora
Giuliana Lojodice
Direttrice
Francesco Guzzo
Vittorino
Adelaide Alas
German Auxilliary
Verena Buratti
German Auxilliary
Hannes Hellmann
German Corporal
Wolfgang Hillinger
German Major at Party
Gina Rovere
Dora's Maid
Laura Susanne Ruedeberg
German Auxilliary
Richard Sammel
German Lieutenant at Station
Andrea Tidona
Grand Hotel Doorman
Dirk K van den Berg
German Soldier
Omero Antonutti
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Daniela Fedtke
German Auxiliary
Directed By: Roberto Benigni
Written By: Roberto Benigni (Screenplay), Vincenzo Cerami (Screenplay)

Featured Comments/Tips

SweatLoveBeer says...
7 years ago
"Watching this movie was such a trip. Seeing them happy only broke your heart even more."
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diegogomeste says...
4 years ago
"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."
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ohmcgb says...
5 years ago
"Beautiful characters and beautiful story, beautiful on so many levels. I still can't figure out if it broke my heart or if it made it bigger. Maybe a little bit of both. "
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anaisordxnez says...
3 years ago
"La Vita è Bella (1997), is a bittersweet story of a Jewish-Italian waiter—Guido—who presents us to his sweet and delightful fantasy world with his quite comical yet, additionally, endearing nature. The film opens up with an utterly enchanting love story between Guido and an elegant school teacher named Dora, who ultimately marry and have an endearing little son—Giosué. Unfortunately, with the film being set during the World War II phase, their happiness is ceased when Guido and his family are sent to a concentration camp, separating Guido and Giosué from Dora. The quite moving, yet heart breaking part of this film is when Guido attempts to divert his son from the reality of their situation in order to conserve him by telling him that the concentration camp is some form of game that comes with a grand price. The beauty, heartache and authenticity of this film is extremely astounding to me. La Vita è Bella brought me so many different forms of emotions. This is a 100% recommended movie from me. Watch in Italian!"
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Featured User Reviews

tubbs
one year ago
The first half of the screenplay is better than the second and in particular the weak ending which is very commercial Oscar material. However, there is Benigni, who is an old school visual comedian, and some of his antics are a delight. The period setting details are also well done.
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