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5.0 out of 5 stars EXTRAORDINARY...BOTH WONDROUSLY JOYOUS AND INFINITELY SAD...
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...
Published on July 24 2006 by Lawyeraau

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There is no English version on this DVD, only German and Italian, 2 languages that I don't understand. The description of the DVD should of mention that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXTRAORDINARY...BOTH WONDROUSLY JOYOUS AND INFINITELY SAD..., July 24 2006
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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. At the same time, the film is achingly poignant, and the end is infinitely sad. Guido is played to perfection by comedic star and filmmaker Roberto Benigni, who also directed this masterpiece. His on screen wife and comedic foil is played by his real life main squeeze, Nicoletta Braschi. The son is played with wondrous innocence by the totally adorable Giorgio Cantarini. This is an award caliber film that saw Benigni deservedly capture Oscars for Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film.

All in all, this film will leave the viewer both laughing and crying. It is simply a great movie. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Vita A Bella - A Magnificent Triumph, June 27 2004
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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". Another is one where he goes to the school as the inspector and shows how the Italian Aryan bodies are superior to others. The other part where he convinces his son that he will not be made into soap in the camp.
I would urge everyone to see the movie and make their own judgement. This movie is a masterpiece. You can see it as a comedy, or as a serious movie that makes you think. I personally feel that as an imaginative story and acting, this movie is a product of genius. It won 2 oscars, best foreign film and best actor, I personally felt that it could have won best film as well that year. I could not believe that they gave it to "Shakespeare in Love". This movie will stand the test of time as it is a paradigm shift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
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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. He later goes to a school as an inspector to tell why Aryan race is supreme, "Where can you find someone more handsome than me?" he asks the children, leaping onto a desktop. "Look at the perfection of this ear!", this is outragiously hilarious. His interactions with his son are also wonderful. Most people who have seen the movie once refuse to see the second half of the movie, and rightly so. The father's gentle buffoonery and quick-witted fibs are perfectly suited to the child and also to the film's way of reducing the Holocaust to its essential absurdity. Mr. Benigni never trivializes his material, but he lies euphemistically to the boy with unspoken outrage. Why a "No Jews or Dogs Allowed" sign on a bakery window, the boy wonders? These are just matters of personal taste, his father tells him, explaining that a "No Spiders or Visigoths" sign would make just as much sense.
I personally felt that this movie must have been given the Best Picture instead of Shakespeare in Love. It is a paradigm shifting movie that will stand the test of time. For people who have not seen the movie, I urge you to try it. They rarely come better than this. Some people think that this is a Jerry Lewis slapstick, well they need to examine the content more. I have rarely seen a slapstick where people turn the movie off as they cannot stand it because it makes their heart wretch. This is a deeply thought provoking movie about parental love in an impossible situation. I grant you that it is fiction, but the fantasy is pure genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life is truly Beautiful!!, May 10 2004
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Emmy M "billmcbill2" (Madison, WI United States) - See all my reviews
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Unlike most movies, Life Is Beautiful has managed to mix romance, comedy, and incredible sadness and coming out with an amazing film!
In the start, we meet a young Italian man named Gweedo. He and a friend move to the big city and move in with his uncle. On random occasions, Gweebo unexpectedly bumps in to Dora, a schoolteacher. This develops in to a budding romance, and they eventually get married ad have a son, Joshua. This is where the sadness begins. On Joshua's birthday, he and his father are taken away to a concentration camp, and his mother talks her way in to, not wanting to be separated from the rest of the family. Joshua, not knowing where they are going, becomes frightened, and Gweedo, in an attempt to calm him, Gweedo invents the story of 'The Game'. In The Game, whomever gets to 1000 points first wins a tank (Something that Joshua really wants). One of the best ways to get points is to remain hidden from the Nazis.
This was a very well made and thoughtful film, and in the end, you will truly believe that Life is Beautiful!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just another vastly over-rated turd... like Forrest Gump., April 12 2014
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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4.0 out of 5 stars good service, March 30 2014
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R. Merko "Dance music collector" (Toronto, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Product arrived with other titles ordered from Amazon
Original shrink wrap, good condition
Movie is a classic
Cancelled cable recently, and money saved being used to buy gems like this movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars My most favourite movie - ever!, March 27 2014
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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!! The movie celebrates the human spirit that can find ways to thrive in the worst of circumstances. As always, service was fast and efficient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Livraison rapide ... satisfaction total !, Feb. 17 2014
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Ce film est un bijoux !

La vie est belle tant que l'on veut bien l'appréciée ! Un homme emprisonné avec son fils ... qui tente à tout coup de conserver la joie de vivre de celui-ci !

Le bonheur n'est jamais bien loin, il suffit d'y croire !

Bon film !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Jan. 20 2014
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Really enjoyed it, multilingual tracks and a good quality image, not widescreen, image is 4:3.
Good quality soundtrack! Movie is an instant classic.
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