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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 »

Director:

Grigoriy Chukhray

Writers:

Augusto Caminito (revisions to original story), Grigoriy Chukhray (revisions to original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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Mono

Color:

Color
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excellent Giancarlo Giannini and the lovely Ornella Muti
26 November 2006 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Solidly directed thriller concerning organised discontent with the Italian government and police, who it has to be said, never come out well in Italian movies. Here this is a co-production with USSR so this may suggest a little bit of encouragement coming from the communists in the Soviet union in support of their comrades within Italy. The movie itself is more concerned with 'the fight for freedom' and the penal consequences than with your usual Italian politza action. We have killers and car chases but this is far a from glamorous portrayal, apart of course from the excellent Giancarlo Giannini and the lovely Ornella Muti. Decent dialogue, always involving and just that little bit different.


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