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Life Is Beautiful (1997) More at IMDbPro »La vita è bella (original title)

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Vincenzo Cerami (story) &
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An unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all.
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 concentration camp. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 61 wins & 39 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roberto Benigni ... Guido

Nicoletta Braschi ... Dora

Giorgio Cantarini ... Joshua
Giustino Durano ... Uncle Eliseo
Sergio Bini Bustric ... Ferruccio (as Sergio Bustric)

Marisa Paredes ... Dora's Mother

Horst Buchholz ... Doctor Lessing (as Horst Bucholz)
Giuliana Lojodice ... School Principal
Amerigo Fontani ... Rodolfo
Pietro De Silva ... Bartolomeo
Francesco Guzzo ... Vittorino
Raffaella Lebboroni ... Elena
Claudio Alfonsi ... Rodolfo's Friend
Gil Baroni ... Prefect
Massimo Bianchi ... Man with Key
Jürgen Bohn ... German Orderly at Party (as Jurgen Bohn)
Verena Buratti ... German Auxilliary
Robert Camero ... German Executioner
Ennio Consalvi ... General Graziosi
Giancarlo Cosentino ... Waiter Ernesto
Aaron Craig ... U.S. Tank Soldier
Alfiero Falomi ... King
Daniela Fedke ... German Auxilliary
Antonio Fommei ... School Janitor
Stefano Frangipani ... Card Player
Ernst Frowein Holger ... German Sergeant
Alessandra Grassi ... Teacher
Hannes Hellmann ... German Corporal (as Hannes Helmann)
Wolfgang Hillinger ... German Major at Party
Margarita Lucia Krauss ... Female Soldier at Children's Dinner
Patrizia Lazzarini ... Woman #1 at Grand Hotel
Marie Luciana ... Woman #2 at Grand Hotel (as Maria Letizia)
Concetta Lombardo ... Gigliola
Maria Rita Macellari ... Queen
Carlotta Mangione ... Eleonora
Franco Mescolini ... School Inspector
Francesca Messinese ... Woman at the Opera
Angel Alise Adell ... German Auxilliary (as Inger Alise Middelthon)
Andrea Nardi ... Unpholsterer
Günther Pfanzelter ... German Soldier (as Gunther Pfanzelter)
Cristiana Porchiella ... Old Maid Teacher
Antonio Prester ... Bruno (as Nino Prester)
Gina Rovere ... Dora's Maid
Laura Susanne Ruedeberg ... German Auxilliary (as Laura Ruedeberg)
Massimo Salvianti ... Book Store Polceman

Richard Sammel ... German Lieutenant at Station
James Schindler ... German Guard
Andrea Tidona ... Grand Hotel Doorman

Dirk K. van den Berg ... German Soldier (as Dirk Karsten Van Den Berg)
Giovanna Villa ... City Hall Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lidia Alfonsi ... Guicciardini
Omero Antonutti ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Roberto Benigni 
Writing credits
Vincenzo Cerami (story and screenplay by) &
Roberto Benigni (story and screenplay by)

Produced by
Gianluigi Braschi .... producer
Mario Cotone .... line producer
John M. Davis .... producer (English language version)
Elda Ferri .... producer
Agnès Mentre .... executive producer (english dubbed version) (as Agnes Mentre)
John Rogers .... executive producer (english dubbed version) (as John S. Rogers Jr.)
Original Music by
Nicola Piovani (music by)
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Simona Paggi (film editor)
Casting by
Shaila Rubin 
Production Design by
Danilo Donati (production design)
Art Direction by
Danilo Donati (art direction)
Set Decoration by
Luigi Urbani (set dresser)
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati (costumes)
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... lead hair stylist
Martina Cossu .... makeup artist
Walter Cossu .... lead makeup artist
Maria Pia Crapanzano .... hair stylist
Enrico Iacoponi .... lead makeup artist
Federico Laurenti .... makeup artist
Fabio Lucchetti .... hair stylist
Production Management
Tullio Lullo .... production manager
John Rogers .... post-production supervisor: New York (as John S. Rogers Jr.)
Pietro Sassaroli .... production manager
Attilio Viti .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... assistant director
Daniele Cama .... assistant: to Mr. Benigni
Dan Edelstein .... additional director: English dubbed version
Giovanni Marino .... assistant: to Mr. Benigni (as Nanni Marino)
Luigi Spoletini .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Emanuela Alteri .... decorative painter
Rosario Calascibetta .... props
Paolo Cameli .... scenic artist
Alberto Ciolfi .... decorative painter
Vito Consoli .... scenic artist
Maurizio di Clemente .... draftsman (as Mauriziio Di Clemente)
Edoardo Di Iorio .... second assistant art director
Ivano Gatti .... scenic artist
Roberto Magagnini .... property master
Carlo Maggi .... head plasterer
Carlo Maggi .... lead stucco artist
Paola Mugnai .... decorative painter
Sabina Palermo .... props management: Intesa
Maurizio Sabatini .... first assistant art director
Romolo Severi .... decorative painter
Marcello Turco .... scenic artist
Fernando Valento .... construction foreman
Luca Ferretti .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Stephen Andrew Schwartz .... props (uncredited)
Francesco Valento .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fernando Ascani .... assistant engineer: English dubbed version
Benni Atria .... sound editor
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer: English dubbed version
Louis Cerborino .... sound editorial staff: New York (as Lou Cerborino)
Claudio Chiossi .... sound mixer
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas .... adr editor: English dubbed version (as Pam De Metruis)
Marco di Vittorio .... adr engineer (as Marco Di Vittorio)
Alberto Doni .... sound mixer
Gerald Donlan .... adr editor: English dubbed version
Gerald Donlan .... sound editorial staff: New York
Steve Earnhart .... foley editor: English dubbed version (as Stephen Earnhart)
Dan Edelstein .... sound editorial staff: New York
Dan Edelstein .... supervising adr editor
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer: English dubbed version
Jesse Hammer .... recording engineer: English dubbed version
Bill Higley .... recording engineer: English dubbed version
Bobby Johanson .... recording engineer: English dubbed version
Richard King .... sound effects editor: English dubbed version
Dan Korintus .... adr editor: English dubbed version
Steve Kramer .... dubbing adaptation: English dubbed version
Ettore Mancini .... boom
James Marchione .... assistant engineer: English dubbed version (as Jim Marchione)
Silvia Moraes .... sound editor
Tullio Morganti .... production sound mixer
Branka Mrkic .... adr editor: English dubbed version
Angela Organ .... assistant editor: English dubbed version
Harry Peck Bolles .... adr editor: English dubbed version (as Harry Bolles)
Jacob Ribicoff .... adr editor: English dubbed version
Federico Savina .... consultant: Dolby
Arthur Schlenger .... assistant editor: English dubbed version
Steve Schwartz .... assistant editor: English dubbed version
Steve Schwartz .... sound editorial staff: New York (as Stephen Schwartz)
Damon Skinner .... sound editorial staff: New York
Charlotte Stobbs .... sound editorial staff: New York
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Marco Lazzaro .... boom operator (uncredited)
Alessandro Pambianco .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kenneth Cassar .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Bagala .... grip (as Roberto Bagola)
Salvatore Bognanni .... assistant camera
Roberto Brega .... camera operator
Aldo Colanzi .... key grip
Marco Contaldo .... electrician
Francesco Cotone .... assistant grip
Roberto Cuccoli .... electrician
Marco Cuzzupoli .... assistant camera
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Claudio Frollano .... electrician
Sergio Gabrielli .... grip
Aldo Galigani .... electrician
Maurizio Galli .... assistant grip
Simone Lucchetti .... electrician
Adolfo Onorati .... generator operator
Marco Santarelli .... grip
Fabrizio Spadoni .... grip
Sergio Strizzi .... unit photography
Giovanni Tancredi .... electrician
Massimo Tanfani .... assistant grip
Marco Verginelli .... grip
Carlo Vinciguerra .... gaffer
Casting Department
Mark Bennett .... casting director: English dubbed version
Savannah Haske .... casting associate (English dubbed version)
Christina Rosati .... additional casting (English dubbed version)
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gaelle Allen .... stylist
Angela Anzimani .... wardrobe assistant
Giovanna Anzimani .... wardrobe assistant
Alma Barbieri .... workshop tailor
Giampiero Grassi .... workshop tailor
Metka Kosak .... assistant costume designer (as Metka Koschak)
Simona Mattei .... wardrobe assistant
Raoul Settimelli .... assistant costume designer
Alessandra Torella .... assistant costume designer
Emanuele Zito .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Benni Atria .... assistant editor: avid
Maddalena Colombo .... assistant editor: avid
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color timer
Giorgia Onofri .... post-production secretary
Irma Misantoni .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Damiano Antinori .... assistant music mixer
Pasquale Filastò .... music assistant: Ars Nova
Giuseppe Gabetti .... composer: "Marcia Reale" (as G. Gabetti)
Angelo Giovagnoli .... music coordinator
Nicola Piovani .... conductor
Nicola Piovani .... music arranger
Nicola Piovani .... orchestrator
Fabio Venturi .... music mixer
Fabio Venturi .... music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Raffaele Bello .... production driver
Valerio Berlini .... production driver
Spartaco Calanchini .... production driver
Stefano Ceppi .... production driver
Abel Fasano .... production driver
Claudio Pitotti .... production driver
Massimo Rossi .... production driver
Balilla Santoro .... production driver
Giovanni Scuro .... production driver
Giuseppe Serra .... production driver
Sergio Verdecchia .... production driver
Other crew
Marco Albertini .... production coordinator
Ettore Balducci .... stills laboratory
Roberto Benigni .... presents
Ilaria Borrelli .... director: Joshua (English dubbed version)
Michele Brown .... assistant to executive producer (English dubbed version)
Cristiana Caimmi .... unit publicist
Mario Cecchi Gori .... presents: English dubbed version
Vittorio Cecchi Gori .... presents: English dubbed version
Giuseppe Ceci .... caterer
Giulio Cestari .... business consultant: Melampo
Piera Cimino .... workshop tailor
Valentina Cotone .... assistant production coordinator
Katia Crispino .... stand-in: Mr. Braschi
Roberto Dell'Acqua .... stand-in: Mr. Benigni
Elisa di Serio .... workshop tailor (as Elisa Di Serio)
Franco Fantini .... production auditor
Maria Vittoria Filipponi .... bookkeeper
Luigi Gatto .... dyer
Marina Grappelli .... accountant
Leda Lojodice .... choreographer
Irene Macri .... workshop tailor
Maurizio Maggi .... bulbs and gels: International Set Lighting
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach: Jonathan Nichols, English dubbed version
Giovanna Montevecchi .... workshop tailor
Ettore Musco .... production coordinator
Nando Nibbi .... unit manager
Attilio Pettirossi .... caterer
Marcello Pezzetti .... historical advisor: Center for Documentation of Contemporary Judaism, Milano
Mandella Quilici .... assistant production coordinator
Emanuela Riganelli .... assistant coordinator
Nicoletta Rossana .... dyer
Fabiano Rubeo .... bookkeeper
Giulia Saccucci .... accountant
Olivia Sleiter .... unit manager
Antonio Smiraglia .... caterer
Enrico Sollazzo .... assistant production coordinator
Luigi Spoletini .... assistant: Mr. Benigni
Jeffrey Tahler .... assistant to executive producer (English dubbed version)
Vittorio Torrieri .... workshop tailor
Giorgio Vecchi .... crane operator
Daniele Cama .... assistant: Mr. Benigni (uncredited)
Rod Dean .... adaptation: English version (uncredited)
Gianluca Lazzaroni .... assistant production office manager (uncredited)
Giovanni Marino .... assistant: Mr. Benigni (uncredited)
Paila Pavese .... voice dubbing: Marisa Paredes (uncredited)
Jay Sheveck .... premiere and release (uncredited)
Stefano Bartezzaghi .... special thanks to
Rossella Belli .... the producers wish to thank: La Soc. Fedora
Maurizio Benvenuti .... the producers wish to thank: La Soc. Fedora
Sonia Berrettini .... the producers wish to thank: La Soc. Fedora
Claudio Burlando .... the producers wish to thank: Minister of Transportation
Franco Casaglieri .... thanks
Demofilo Fidani .... special thanks to: Auschwitz survivor (as Nedo Fidano)
Mariangela Gualtieri .... special thanks to
John Hadity .... special thanks: English dubbed version
L. Picciotto Fargion .... special thanks to: Auschwitz survivor (as Liliana Picciotto Fargion)
Marco Pisini .... thanks
Valerio Veltroni .... thanks
Schlomo Venezia .... special thanks: Auschwitz survivor
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"La vita è bella" - Italy (original title)
"Life is Beautiful" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for holocaust-related thematic elements
116 min | Italy:122 min (first release)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Before they go to sleep Guido and Ferruccio have a few jokes about the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, a favorite writer of Adolf Hitler.See more »
Anachronisms: When little Giosuè is eating with the German children, the white coffee carafes shown clearly in the foreground are made of insulated plastic, not in use in the 1940s.See more »
[first lines]
Giosué Orefice:[narrating as an adult] This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.
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163 out of 262 people found the following review useful.
The best foreign language film I have ever seen., 25 June 1999
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

I typically don't care much for sub-titled movies. Foreign films to me are slow and about nothing. So I naturally went to see Life is Beautiful with a chip on my shoulder. I wanted to hate it. I wanted it to be just another movie that Hollywood was praising to show that they were an intelligent bunch of people. Oh boy was I in for the surprise of my life. Not only is this film good, I honestly believe that it was the second best film of 98, next to Saving Private Ryan. The mere fact that Shakespeare in Love won best picture over not only Ryan but over this, is a joke. It's actually funny.

Benigni did everything in this film. He wrote, produced, directed and probably swept the floors at night. There is that much raw energy in this film. There really is. For someone to have that kind of vision is truly incredible. And not only is the film a terrific cinematic experience because of the importance and seriousness of the subject matter, but it is one of the funnier films I've ever seen. When Roberto is translating the German soldiers insructions to his son so that he isn't scared, it is at that moment that you realize you are under his spell. He's got you and no matter how much sceptisism you may have about the film you know you're witnessing a classic in every sense of the word.

I loved this film. Loved everything about it and I am so glad that I got to see it and cheer Benigni at the Oscars. He certainly deserved his best actor award and he should have gotten more.

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