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Life Is Beautiful (1979)

La vita è bella (original title)
Antonio is a retired aviator from the Portuguese colonial wars. He falls in love with a member of the resistance against the dictatorship of Antonio d'Oliveira Salazar. He is arrested and ... See full summary »

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Grigoriy Chukhray

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Augusto Caminito (revisions to original story), Grigoriy Chukhray (revisions to original story) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Giancarlo Giannini ... Antonio Murillo
Ornella Muti ... Maria
Otar Koberidze ... Alvarado
Regimantas Adomaitis ... Perez
Juozas Budraitis ... Gomes
Enzo Fiermonte ... Zhozo
Stefano Madia ... Pako
Yevgeny Lebedev ... Rostao (as Yevgeni Lebedev)
Stanislav Chekan
Feliks Yavorsky ... Pastor
Nikolai Dupak ... Komissar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrei Daniluk Andrei Daniluk
Irina Ditts Irina Ditts ... Waitress
Vladimir Druzhnikov ... (voice)
Valentin Kulik ... Prisoner
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Antonio is a retired aviator from the Portuguese colonial wars. He falls in love with a member of the resistance against the dictatorship of Antonio d'Oliveira Salazar. He is arrested and escapes with his love. The code word among the resisters is: 'Life is Beautiful.' Written by X

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Country:

Soviet Union | Italy

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (Italy) See more »

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Honest movie, very good actors performances
6 August 2007 | by sergiotrSee all my reviews

A good story well narrated, cut around the life of protagonists and leaving the political and social events voluntarily in the background. The Soviet influence in the story and the direction is not so evident and for sure not disturbing. Reminds me somehow "Una giornata particolare" by Ettore Scola.

The action takes place in Portugal takes place in Portugal presumably in the first half of the seventies (assumed from the police cars models) under the Salazar tyranny and during the last colonial war of the dying Portuguese empire.

Centered around the interior evolution of the protagonist (Giancarlo Giannini) an his outstanding performance, supported by the very good and always beautiful Ornella Muti, with other actors, unknown to me, sketching a credible and not completely flat scenario of the fascist regime (see the contrasting characters of the colonel and the judge).

Nice action scenes, far more elegant than those in Italian the police of the same period.


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