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Life Is Beautiful (1997)

La vita è bella (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, War | 12 February 1999 (USA)
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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

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Top Rated Movies #26 | Won 3 Oscars. Another 67 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Guido
... Dora
... Giosué
Giustino Durano ... Zio
Sergio Bini Bustric ... Ferruccio (as Sergio Bustric)
... Madre di Dora
... Dottor Lessing (as Horst Bucholz)
Lidia Alfonsi ... Guicciardini (as Lydia Alfonsi)
Giuliana Lojodice ... Direttrice Didattica
... Rodolfo
Pietro De Silva ... Bartolomeo
Francesco Guzzo ... Vittorino
Raffaella Lebboroni ... Elena
Claudio Alfonsi ... Amico Rodolfo
Gil Baroni ... Prefetto
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Storyline

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. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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An unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for holocaust-related thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Life Is Beautiful  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,920, 25 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,598,247, 3 October 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$229,163,264, 30 June 2012
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Trivia

Roberto Benigni's Oscar for best actor marked only the second time that an actor had directed himself in an Academy Award winning performance. The other was Laurence Olivier for Hamlet (1948). See more »

Goofs

When Dora looks out her barrack to listen to the opera piece, her long hair can be seen under her scarf. In concentration camps, women's heads were regularly shaved to prevent the proliferation of lice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Giosué Orefice: [narrating as an adult] This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.
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Referenced in Fresh Off the Boat: Liar Liar (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Belle nuit (Barcarolle)
(1881)
from the opera "Les contes d'Hoffmann"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Libretto by Jules Barbier (uncredited)
Performed by Montserrat Caballé (as M. Caballé), soprano and Shirley Verrett (as S. Verret), mezzo-soprano
Recorded by RCA Victor
New Philharmonia Orchestra (uncredited)
Conducted by Anton Guadagno (uncredited)
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The most aptly named movie - A classic
12 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have never in my life seen a movie that so truly symbolizes its name and its message. Roberto Benigni - 'The Italian Treasure House' has probably given to his viewers his best. The story, the performances, the entire theme of a person performing his duties as a husband, as a father is very 'moving' and inspiring. 'Life is beautiful' as the name goes is about a Jewish man, who falls in love with a non-Jewish lady, marries her, has a kid and who is then taken as a prisoner in a concentration camp along with his wife and kid. But the way he protects his kid from the horrors of the genocide, how he always tries to find ways to make his wife and kid smile and laugh, is what makes the movie, a MUST SEE.

It is certainly one of the best movies that I have seen.


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