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Life Is Beautiful [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français)

Roberto Benigni , Nicoletta Braschi , Roberto Benigni    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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Italy's rubber-faced funnyman Roberto Benigni accomplishes the impossible in his World War II comedy Life Is Beautiful: he shapes a simultaneously hilarious and haunting comedy out of the tragedy of the Holocaust. An international sensation and the most successful foreign language film in U.S. history, the picture also earned director-cowriter-star Benigni Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor. He plays the Jewish country boy Guido, a madcap romantic in Mussolini's Italy who wins the heart of his sweetheart (Benigni's real-life sweetie, Nicoletta Braschi) and raises a darling son (the adorable Giorgio Cantarini) in the shadow of fascism. When the Nazis ship the men off to a concentration camp in the waning days of the war, Guido is determined to shelter his son from the evils around them and convinces him they're in an elaborate contest to win (of all things) a tank. Guido tirelessly maintains the ruse with comic ingenuity, even as the horrors escalate and the camp's population continues to dwindle--all the more impetus to keep his son safe, secure, and, most of all, hidden. Benigni walks a fine line mining comedy from tragedy and his efforts are pure fantasy--he accomplishes feats no man could realistically pull off--both of which have drawn fire from a few critics. Yet for all its wacky humor and inventive gags, Life Is Beautiful is a moving and poignant tale of one father's sacrifice to save not just his young son's life but his innocence in the face of one of the most evil acts ever perpetrated by the human race. --Sean Axmaker

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is one of the best and most creative films ever made. Totally inventive in concept, the story revolves around an exuberant and romantic Italian man named Guido, who also happens to be Jewish. He sweeps the woman of his dreams,his "Principessa", off her feet. They marry and have an adorable little boy whom they dearly love. Unfortunately, this all happens during World War II in fascist Italy.

Ultimately, Guido and their son are whisked away to a concentration/work camp on their young son's birthday. Meanwhile, his wife and the boy's mother, coming home and expecting to find a birthday celebration in progress, discovers, instead, that the inevitable has occurred. She tracks them down to the train that is taking prisoners to a work camp and, after confirming that they are on board, insists upon boarding the train herself, so that she may remain close to them. They see her board the train and know that she is with them.

In order to get his son through this horror as best he can, Guido tells his son that they are involved in a real life game to win a tank, knowing that the boy had wanted a toy tank for his birthday. Talk about a reality survival game! In any case, his son is young enough to fall for it and gets with the program as only the very young can. What follows is a series of inventive scenarios which tells the viewer of the lengths that the father goes in order to keep his son quiet, obedient, entertained, and safe from harm. All along, the father has his son believing in the game and playing to win, to the point that the boy believes that they are actually in first place to win the tank.

While this may sound like an odd venue in which to find oneself laughing, that is exactly what the viewer does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Vita A Bella - A Magnificent Triumph June 27 2004
Roberto Benigni's "Life is Beautiful" is an outstanding movie. The movie combines comedy, romance and the Holocaust which could have backfired easily, but he pulls it off superbly. It won the hearts of people across the world. The story is one of an Italian Jewish waiter who bumps into an Italian woman and wins her heart. The movie can almost be broken into two parts, the first part full of mirth and the second part dark and depressing. A lot of people who have the DVDs refuse to see the second part (with good reason).
I asked a number of holocaust survivors how they felt about the movie. Most of the them found it beautiful, they realize that it is unrealistic but the fantasy in it moved them. Of course, there were some people who did not accept it as the scars in them were too deep. But such things are to be expected. However, if one watches the DVD extras and sees the effect in the Simon Wiesenthal center, one sees that this movie has an overall positive impact among a lot of the Holocaust survivors. As far as Steven Spielberg not liking it, well, he may be a gifted director, but he is not the sole authority on the Holocaust just because he has made one movie on it. His movie is ripped off from one of the most gifted writers, Thomas Keneally. When he comes up with a story with imagination, he can talk. I have read numerous books on the Holocaust and talked to survivors and understand that this is not reality. But, it still makes you appreciate the story without undermining the Holocaust in anyway whatsoever. That is the magic of the movie.
There are a number of special scenes in this movie. Particular among them are how he shields his son, Joshua from the Nazis Nuremberg laws - "We will not allow spiders and visigoths into our shop from tomorrow".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Life is beautiful, but this film is not. It's typically trashy Oscar-bait, but also a very big insult to those who died in the Holocaust or had survived it. It's too silly and improbable to be taken seriously and yet it was not meant to be a comedy. Where's Benigni now? After doing just one more "major" film, I believe he's waiting tables in Milan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mans love for his family... Feb. 3 2013
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This is my favorite movie. It is a great story of what a man will do for his family. The first half is light hearted and comedic as he meets and romances the love of his life. The second half is a little darker (some will say unlikely or unrealistic) dramatic,less comedic as he protects and looks out for his family safety. With dire consequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Vita A Bella - A Magnificent Triumph June 28 2004
Roberto Benigni's "Life is Beautiful" was probably the best movie of the year. This was a very unusual movie that I was not prepared for due to the content - a comedy based on the Holocaust. It had disaster written all over it, however when I went and watched it, I was stunned. The movie was about a Jewish waiter who woos a woman who is to marry another person. The movie can be broken into two parts, the first part which is humorous and romantic, the second part which is sad and dark. Here, he tries to protect his son from the horrors of the concentration camp. While the movie is obviously unrealistic, it has been beautifully put together.
I asked a number of my friends who have been through the Holocaust what they felt about the movie. Most of them loved the movie though they said that it was extremely unrealistic. Some of them could not stomach it, their scars were too deep. However, that is to be expected. I have read a number of books on the Holocaust and read the reaction to this movie from the Jerusalem Film Festival and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, most of it was overwhelmingly positive. I saw that Steven Spielberg did not like the movie, well he may be a gifted directed, but making one movie on the Holocaust does not make him an authority on the subject. His movie was ripped off from one of the most gifted authors of our times - Thomas Keneally. If you read the book, the movie will pale in comparison. This movie on the other hand, has creativity and fantasy that the ordinary movie.
One important thing about this movie is the way he mocks the fascists. In an opening sequence, he finds himself in a runaway car and sticks out an arm to protect himself -- only to confuse himself with the saluting Fascists who are also in town.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in time as promised
Love this movie and I needed a copy to show my class ASAP for a unit we were working on. I was pleased at the speed with which it arrived.
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Published 3 months ago by R. Merko
5.0 out of 5 stars My most favourite movie - ever!
I have always loved this movie and am delighted to own a copy of my own! It is incredibly sad but also funny at the same time!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sandy S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Livraison rapide ... satisfaction total !
Ce film est un bijoux !

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Published 5 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Really enjoyed it, multilingual tracks and a good quality image, not widescreen, image is 4:3.
Good quality soundtrack! Movie is an instant classic.
Published 6 months ago by Gordon Bathurst
4.0 out of 5 stars Roberto Benigni
Such an incredibly good actor, which has an added meaning in this film, maintaining a fable to reassure his son.
Published 6 months ago by Wayne Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars best movie ever
I absolutely love this movie, shows how love goes beyond any advesity and the love parents have for thir children. Love the story line, the humor... so good! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Flo
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