icon Film Profile: Life Is Beautiful - (1997)
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8.2/10 Stars
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4/10 Stars
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"An unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all."


  • Director: Roberto Benigni
  • Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy,
  • Studio: Melampo Cinematografica
  • Widescreen | Duration: 120 Mins

Is this a glowing tribute to humanity in extremis, or an ill-judged trivialisation of pitiless barbarism? Both verdicts have been passed on Roberto Benigni's multi-award-winning film. However, while the sensitivities of those supporting the latter view have to be taken into account, it would be wrong to deny that there were moments of simple joy and treasurable intimacy even at the height of the Holocaust. The opening section, charting Benigni's courtship of the imperious Nicoletta Braschi, is delightful. It also serves as a poignant backdrop for the nightmare to follow, as Benigni tries to shelter his son from the bitterest of truths. The result is courageous, humanistic film-making.
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Cast List:
Guido : Roberto Benigni
Dora : Nicoletta Braschi
Giosué : Giorgio Cantarini
Uncle : Giustino Durano
Ferruccio : Sergio Bustric
Dora's mother : Marisa Paredes
Dr Lessing : Horst Buchholz
Guicciardini : Lidia Alfonsi
Headmistress : Giuliana Lojodice

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