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Life Is Beautiful (1997) review

Posted : 4 years, 2 months ago on 11 July 2015 06:14

the first thing in my mind came after watching this movie wa.... i wish if i could generate the same movie for innocent Kashmiries who are being tyranized by the Indian forces from last 60 years. the movie was so amazing that i watched it repeatedly. the hero is a magician in his acting and plot is very solid. i like to watch it and share it with my friends.

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Life Is Beautiful (1997) review

Posted : 6 years, 4 months ago on 4 May 2013 01:28

This movie is truly one of the most amazing films I've ever seen. The actors did a fanominal job, I laughed with them, I cried with them, I smiled with them, and I frowned with them. If you're ever feeling like life isn't worth living, or you're going through a tough time, watch this movie, and by the end you'll be saying that life is beautiful.

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Posted : 7 years, 2 months ago on 3 July 2012 10:31

Wow.... That's the only word I have to describe about this movie. It was one of my favourites.. I admit that I was not interested to see this movie but as my brother forced me I saw this film..... It was absolutely fantastic... More than the comedies I loved the climax in this movie... More than the sacrifice made by the boy's father I loved the concept that the boy didn't know that they were tortured by the Germans until the last minute... Lovable movie.....

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A great movie

Posted : 8 years, 4 months ago on 17 May 2011 09:49

I remember it very well, before and when it came out, this movie was actually rather controversial. The big question was, at the time, are you allowed to make a comedy about something terrible like the holocaust? Eventually, this movie turned out to be a huge financial success (It has been so far the highest grossing movie to be made in Italy), and a critical success (many, even me, were actually surprised that Roberto Benigni actually won the Academy Award for the Best Actor in a Leading Role, beating in the process Edward Norton who was quite impressive in ‘American History X’). For Benigini, this feature will forever remain his magnum opus, as a director and as an actor and, to be honest, before or after, he has never made anything coming close the level of this classic. Anyway, this whole controversy was, in my opinion, rather ridiculous because half of the movie was actually a drama and quite an heartbreaking one. Furthermore, the reason to use those jokes was completely justified as in, order to survive, you'd better keep a good sense of humor. Anyway, to conclude, it is pretty much a classic, I really lover it and it is definitely worth a look.

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Life Is Beautiful (1997) review

Posted : 8 years, 9 months ago on 19 December 2010 10:07

This is one of those movies that have a lasting effect on you. After watching it, I found that it has less to do with the Holocaust and more to do with the human feelings and the beautiful relationship of a father and his son. The holocaust provides the ultimate context, that brings and highlights the story and adds yet another deep dimension to the movie. No such piece of art has ever before combined laughter and tears of sadness in me before and that is the miracle of the movie. The realism of the movie is not its strong point, but then again it is not supposed to be; this helps in bringing the audiences to a state of mind away from reality, focusing on the feelings generated by forgetting about all external events and developments of the war. Despite that, the movie does not fail to point out an element of the nazi psychology demonstrated by the doctor who was obsessed with riddles. This portrayed the nazi 'state of mind' (if ever such an expression existed) as a sick mentally disturbed state. Life is really beautiful as you watch Guido's relentless efforts to make a lovely exciting experience of the concentration camp to his son. You get exhausted just watching him going through his painful day and yet you smile as he speaks to his son and makes him laugh. One can go on forever describing the creativity of this movie, but one will not be able to capture all its beauty in writing.

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A comedy set in a dark time...

Posted : 9 years, 7 months ago on 24 January 2010 08:06

loved this film to bits because it is just so beautiful and is such an inspiration. It is a film that has a beautiful meaning to life. It is a film that truly teaches us about love family and hope. It is also about commitment with what is best for the ones you love no matter what situation you are in. It made me feel all emotional because Guido, his wife and son were in the Holocaust camps. It is beauty of family that keeps them together. Despite of how funny this film is, it is a very emotional story that will touch people in both a funny way and a really emotional way too. Roberto Benigni delivers an absolutely outstanding performance as Guido. His character is really powerful because it is a mixture of two different personalities that connect really well.

I loved Benignis hilarious attitude towards the characters within the film. He is a Pee Wee like sort of character because he is a hyper character and also he wears like nerdy clothes. His performance brought delight towards the horror that was the Holocaust which can be offensive to people but can be quite good aswell because he wont let the Nazis let him live in fear for the rest of his life. I liked Nicoletta Braschi in this film as Guidos wife Dora. I really liked Giorgio Cantarini in this film too as their son Giosué Orefice. Cantarini has made another appearance in another Oscar winning film that won Best Actor. He portrayed the son of Maximus in Ridley Scotts Gladiator. And Russell Crowe also won an Academy Award for Best Actor aswell as Roberto Benigni did in Life Is Beautiful.

The direction from Roberto Benigni was really good because it was really peaceful and it was very depressing at the same time which is quite unusual but not bad though. I personally thought that the script was really well adapted because of the different point of view with the Holocaust. It was really well adapted because this film is neither a true story nor a novel by an author. This film is a sort of comedy point of view of the Holocaust because Guido has a hyper and beautiful personality with a very powerful sense of humour.

I dont think anything disappointed me with this film. I loved this film a lot but I have to say that I prefer films about the Holocaust that are more depressing and emotional because they are more powerful stories. I am not saying that this film isnt powerful at all. It is a very powerful film but others like Schindlers List and The Pianist are more powerful films about the Holocaust. This is my favourite Benigni film so far and is without a doubt one of the greatest foreign language films of all time. All I can finish my review of saying is that this film is a perfect example of hope, love and friendship. One of the best films of 1998. It is my favourite Italian film so far. It's a masterpiece!!

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Motion through the Emotions.

Posted : 10 years, 12 months ago on 23 September 2008 11:25

[carrying his son through the camp]

''You are such a good boy. You sleep now. Dream sweet dreams. Maybe we are both dreaming. Maybe this is all a dream, and in the morning, Mommy will wake us up with milk and cookies. Then, after we eat, I will make love to her four or five times. If I can.''

A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humour, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.

Roberto Benigni: Guido Orefice

Nicoletta Braschi: Dora

Giorgio Cantarini: Giosué Orefice

Life is Beautiful was an unexpected pleasure to watch and endure. To my surprise this inspiring, award laden story of humour love and struggle can for me be summed up as an oily piece of Art in film resulting in a modern creation that shows an alternative story from before and during the Holocaust.

Let's start by saying also that Life is Beautiful is set in the 1940s era WW2 which instantly attracts me, I love my WW2 films. Secondly it's a Foreign film and yes you have rightly guessed I love my Foreign films too. Right from the off the quirky fun tune that resides throughout the film also stuck with me. I'd say the first half of the film is light comical breezy and fun with imagination mixed with laughs and Guido's charm and his love of life. The latter half gets abit more serious and realistic which I found especially clever, the heavenly lifestyle of Guido and his wife and son is disrupted by them being ripped from their home and put in a concentration camp.
Does this stop Guido being funny and using his chirpy happy disposition for good? In a word no.

Roberto Benigni as Guido Orefice was very charming if what something of a joker, in his performance. Charming to see is fun antics in the first half and made me smile on numerous occasions at his comical capers he experiences.
Him and his Son Giosué in the camp later in the film is nothing short of what any father would do to save his boy at any cost. Giodo utilizes his talents all for his family and to save them. A scene that stuck with me was him carrying his son, saying the quote that I chose at the beginning of my review, as he walks through the shrouded mist in the camp and comes across the dead bodies of eliminated Jews. Was very emotional to watch yet powerful and the blues express the coldness.

Nicoletta Braschi as Dora was charming to watch not to mention beautiful and maintained her feelings with looks alone, not merely words.
Giorgio Cantarini as Giosué Orefice was the cute little boy who despite being innocent like his father is extremely bright and clever. His performance shows this effortlessly.

To conclude Life is Beautiful has been adored and honoured with an astounding level of acclaim from all regions with it's exceptional, utterly compelling story and rich unique feel. For a PG its powerful stuff to watch even for adults yet funny too on the flip side of the coin.

A Masterpiece that has captured my spirit and touched my heart in one effective barrage of love and courage.

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