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Life Is Beautiful

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8.61 h 51 min1998X-RayPG
In this movie masterpiece, a charming but bumbling waiter wins the heart of the woman he loves, and creates a beautiful life for his young family, only to be challenged by the horrors of World War II.
Directors
Roberto Benigni
Starring
Roberto BenigniNicoletta BraschiGiorgio Cantarini
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
Italiano
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Supporting actors
Marisa ParedesHorst Bucholz
Producers
Elda FerriGianluigi Braschi
Studio
Paramount Pictures
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4.7 out of 5 stars

3470 global ratings

  1. 83% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Dancing SaddlerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sad but true
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A wonderful story that really makes you think how lucky you are. The subtitles were a little hard to read at times and different colours for different speakers would have been helpful but a great film, highly recommended
RichardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must See….!!
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This film is and will always be in my top five. It covers both the best and the worst human qualities, love, romance, humour, self sacrifice, tenacity, perseverance and also cruelty, hatred and death.
Despite some of the negative elements, the overall message is overwhelmingly positive and restores any faith in humanity.
I defy anybody to watch it without a few tears.
Amazing performance by the lead Roberto Benini. You really need to see this film!
Kaz AddamsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing film
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Amazing film
bluebellgirlReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful film
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This Italian English sub-titled film has two sides. It starts off as a comedy, and although I enjoy humour, I didn't find it particularly funny. The second half of the film is more serious. It starts when Germany invades Italy and takes Guido who is Jewish and his young son, to the train station with the hundreds of other Jewish people. Guido's wife Dora, who isn't Jewish wants to join him an persuades the German guard to allow her to join Guido on the train of death. They arrive at a concentration where Guido proceeds to tell his young son that they are now playing a game...in order to win the prize, the young son must not cry when hungry, not ask for food, or make a noise, he should hide away when the guards come and pretend he cannot speak. The prize if he does this...is a tank...the small boy loves tanks so he plays along. In the meantime, Guido finds ways to let his wife know he is still alive. Finally at the end of the war, Guido hides his son in a steel cabinet outside in the courtyard and tells him to stay there until there is no more sound...which he does...finally the boy exits the hideaway...he is alone, the only survivors have also left and he is entirely alone...I won't tell you anymore as it will spoil the story.

I have mixed feelings about this film. I'm not sure I enjoy poking fun at such a serious subject as the Holocaust - it was no joke, however, when the film ended, I was speechless, it was very thought provoking...it left me with a strange feeling that I have yet to transcribe into actual words....It is a film about the Holocaust that I will not forget... I can fully understand why it won so many awards...
diane newbyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic film
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I really enjoyed this movie , sad but amazing
DokyaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 February 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant film, but really not of the 'feel good' genre!
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I'm giving this the 5 stars it truly deserves as it is a truly amazing piece of story telling. The natural integration of scenery and context blends beautifully to support the content, moving from the freedoms of rural life, the cultural opportunities and social milieu of a city in which the love affair between Guido and Dora begins, through to the stark imprisonment of the concentration camp.
I have seen the actor playing Guido in other films, and have delighted in his apparent tendency to overact (to my British sensibilities, perhaps!) before. Here, though, that level of expressiveness is needed in order to establish (efore the camp) how the father manages to maintain the cover of a 'game' to help his young son survive the concentration camp.
The strand of the story relating to the relationship between Guido the waiter and the German Dr adds to the philosophical considerations and complexity in a stunningly understated manner - this alone could be the subject of academic debate. A true contrast to the heavy handed moralising and forced emotional expression typical of many American films.
This film comes with a warning though. I watched it after searching for 'the best feel good films of all time'. I really would not describe this as a feel good film! It is harrowing in parts. The clue was in the reviewer also rating 'Slumdog millionaire' as another of the best of the same genre - another film which combines the resilience of the human spirit with precisely what is required for a definition of resilience to be met - tragedy and trauma.
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BetsabeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film
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Amazing film. Beware it can make you cry. So very sad but very well made :) have watched it a few times and it never gets old
EboniqueReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Humourous but sad film...!
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Although I'm not into old style movies, I hav to say this was a very enjoyable film. The fact that the dad turnd the horrors of what they had to go through as JEWS into a humour that his son held on to as ''hope'', was truly a well written script. The fact that all the other JEWISH men in the camp played along with the dad's story, in order for the little boy to be safe and not to mention content with the conditions, added a nice touch to the film as well. There's something I've learnt from the movie, which I always knew, but know it more now. Always live good with people for you never know when they may be in a position to get you out of a rut. The little boy in this movie is brilliant, and such a cute little boy.
A mother's love is like no other, and the true love of a wife to a husband or a husband to a wife is beyond anything you can imagine. Truly a lovely film, and I've no regrets that I got it...!
DOWNSIDE - The movies subtitles throughout, and the actors all speak very fast, so the subtitle pops up quickly, not ideal for someone who may not be a speed reader, but one can still get the gist of the movie by looking @ it.
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