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||:||Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni, 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, bookshop, self sacrifice, mass murder, concentration camp, bicycle accident, fascism, loss of father, world war ii, love of one's life, deportation, jew persecution, fantasy, nazis, national socialism, arezzo, charade, riding a bicycle, price, story teller, concentration camp prisoner, dying and death, title spoken by character, peekaboo|
I am surprised about the negative comments that some people made on this web-page. I can see how some people might not experience the same kind of uplift or joy that most of us lived through when seeing the movie. But that some viewers felt insulted and betrayed because the movie did not depict "reality" as it really was or is, is not fair.
I must concur with my fellow proponents of the movie -- it was a great and very satisfying movie. It provided me with something that everyone in one or another shape or form needs -- Hope. The movie showed the cruelty of life and yet managed to shed some light and insight into the beauty of love and life in general.
I urge anyone who has not seen La Vita è bella to go out there and watch it. If we all take with us just little bit of that hope and love that this movie is trying to convey; this world would be a much better place.
Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoyed or will enjoy the movie as much as I did.