Life is Beautiful is the tale of an Italian-Jewish shopkeeper, Guido, and his wife Dora and son Giosue. Though set against the backdrop of World War II and the Holocaust, the film amazingly manages to convey an optimistic, dignified sense of life, as Guido uses his irrepressible sense of humor to woo the beautiful Dora and, later, to preserve his s... (See the whole review)
Roberto Benigni is an amazingly expressive actor, and I think the Italian language itself suits the film much better. Besides, it's worth a second viewing anyway, as some fellow TOCers and I discovered last night.
Andrew, Benigni speaks with a strong toscanian accent, even thought he is a good actor, I must say that his way of acting is an imitation of the famous italian actor, Massimo Troise, who directed the movie "Il postino" Massimo Troise was from Naples Italy (I am from Naples too) and he was a good friend of Benigni. Benigni is very expressive ,but all communists are, pay close attention to his humor and you will realize how anti american he is. Best dc.
This is the reason why I don’t like “la vita e’ bella “ When there is an historic base , and a past on which dreaming is not possible , trying to build A fable (couldn’t be otherwise) that a mental and a civil regress. To think to be able to narrate A fable on the dead of so many men means to write one day something funny on the atomic bomb. dc
I agree that this movie was a wonderful and special thing.
The title "life is beautiful" captures the sense of life the movie portrays on multiple fronts: the conquest of evil, the winning of the mate one wants who responds to being yourself, and in the effervescent spirit of the character portrayed by Benigni.
The lesson to take from it is that we all should approach the world with this youthful, optimistic, benevolent, never say die spirit. The beauty in the world is something we select and create [this is one reason I stay as much as possible away from negative people and from the negative threads and topics that Objectivists too often like to waste their precious lives focusing too obsessively on.]
Life is beautiful if you choose to focus on and live surrounded by the beautiful parts.
I found the resolution at the end to be completely overwhelming, emotionally. It was such a masterful integration and conclusion of the story and so warm and life affirming that I was nearly sobbing in the theater.
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