Life Is Beautiful [DVD] [1997]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (18 out of 19)

Special Features


  • "Making Life Beautiful" featurette
  • Academy Award TV commercials
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Life Is Beautiful
In this WW II tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman Roberto Benigni (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a Tuscan town, where he is entranced by schoolteacher Dora (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's real-life wife). Dora likes Guido, but she remains faithful to her pompous fiancé, so Guido has an uphill struggle. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes lead to attacks against Guido's Jewish uncle (Giustino Durano). Leaping ahead to five years later, during WW II, Guido and Dora are married and have a son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). After they are imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of their situation. He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an armored tank -- so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as necessary for participation in the contest. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Roberto Benigni
    Roberto Benigni - Guido
  • Nicoletta Braschi
    Nicoletta Braschi - Dora
  • Giustino Durano
    Giustino Durano - Uncle
  • Image coming soon
    Sergio Bustric - Ferruccio
  • Marisa Paredes
    Marisa Paredes - Dora's Mother



Overall customer rating

4.7
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Movie Ever

    Posted
    midwestmama

    So the first time I saw this movie, I wasn't sure what to expect. I guess I thought it would be depressing (considering the subject matter) and awkward (foreign film = reading subtitles the whole time). Wow, I was blown away. The movie is really a love story, including a father's love for his son. After a few minutes, you forget you are even reading the words. This move is sad and happy, all entertwined. I can't explain it. This is a must see. And stay with it . . . the beginning is a little unusual. What an amazing actor, director, producer (all the same person). What a talented person! Fantastic photography throughout.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Depressing With Subtitles

    Posted
    handyman315

    It took me three different sittings to make it through this twisted foreign film, and therein lies the first problem. Subtitles can be a chore in a movie with only minimal dialogue, but in one crammed full of chatter like this one, it actually made my eyes and head hurt. This was followed closely by the dreadfully depressing story. If you are yearning to be totally depressed for over two hours, this is your show.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Life is Beautiful

    Posted
    Volearix

    This movie portrays the harsh living situations that those who were persecuted during the WWII times suffered. The movie is about a man who tries his hardest to convince his son that they are playing a war game and not in a German camp. It is a very touching story, that leaves you feeling great and terrible at the same time. Excellent film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing classic!

    Posted
    Deloscielos
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    Loved the story, highly touching, a true masterpiece, anyone who is a parent would truly love this movie! A mix of history, humor, and tragedy. This movie has to be picked for your movie night!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This movie teaches a lesson

    Posted
    kjb1rxman
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    This is an interesting movie in terms of humaity. It teaches a lesson that everyone should know. I would recommend it to those who enjoy this type of movie. Although the filming wasn't the best an the acting was average, it was a good movie in terms of the plot.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    yahoojumper

    I saw this movie and just loved it. It had a lot of love and a good message. The ending was so precious and made me cry. I just didn't like that it was Italian, but it doesn't matter. It was great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Movie

    Posted
    WashingtonGirl77
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    This is a incredible movie. It made me laugh and cry. It is beautifully done. Great cast and story. I would recommend this to all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You Must See This Movie!

    Posted
    Leigh

    This is the best movie I've seen in years! You will laugh. You will cry. This movie won the best picture Oscar, and it deserved it 100%!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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