Life Is Beautiful

October 23rd, 1998

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Life Is Beautiful

Guido & GiosueGiorgio Cantarini stars as GiosueJane Seymour at event of Life Is BeautifulNicoletta Braschi stars as DoraGuido, Dora & GiosueRoberto Benigni in his Oscar®-winning role as Guido Orefice

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.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 8.5/10 (156,941 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: Roberto Benigni

Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini

In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank.

Writers: Vincenzo Cerami, Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni - Guido Orefice
Nicoletta Braschi - Dora
Giorgio Cantarini - Giosué Orefice
Giustino Durano - Eliseo Orefice
Sergio Bini Bustric - Ferruccio Papini (as Sergio Bustric)
Marisa Paredes - Madre di Dora
Horst Buchholz - Doctor Lessing (as Horst Bucholz)
Lidia Alfonsi - Guicciardini
Giuliana Lojodice - School Principal
Amerigo Fontani - Rodolfo
Pietro De Silva - Bartolomeo
Francesco Guzzo - Vittorino
Raffaella Lebboroni - Elena
Claudio Alfonsi - Amico Rodolfo
Gil Baroni - Prefect

Taglines: An unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all.

Release Date: 23 October 1998

Filming Locations: Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Opening Weekend: $118,920 (USA) (25 October 1998) (6 Screens)

Gross: $57,598,247 (USA) (3 October 1999)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (English dubbed version)

Did You Know?

In Italian, the answer to the "Snow White" riddle is seven "minuti" - a play on words between "minutes" and "dwarves".

Continuity: The champagne bottle changes position when Guido is describing how to serve lobster (first it's tilted towards the right, then centered, then tilted again, etc.). Also, the bottle is first completely sealed (with all the labels and stuff) and then we can see it without all those labels, to appear completely sealed again in a backward-to-forward take, and then opened again.

[first lines]
Giosué Orefice: [narrating as an adult] This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.

User Review

The Best Movie I've seen for a long long time

Rating: 10/10

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.

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