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 can't understand how other reviewers see this as a film about the Nazis or the Holocaust. It's not!!! "Life is Beautiful" is a film about love, optimism, courage and inner strength.
To be honest I can't get this film out of my thoughts and decided to write this brief review in the hope that I could move on.
"Life is Beautiful" is an unforgettable film. You go through emotions you were surprised could have for a fictional film. The story, although totally implausible, is uplifting and depressing at the same time.
Please see it for yourself. Have a box of tissues handy.
Best film ever seen!!!