Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

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Cast: Nicoletta Braschi, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bustric

     
 

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An inspired motion-picture masterpiece and a 3-time Academy Award winning film, Life is Beautiful, comes to Classroom Edition DVD for the first time from Disney Educational Productions. When his family's life is threatened by WWII, Guido (Roberto Benigni) must rely on his colorful imagination and irresistible sense of humor to save his beloved wife and son from an… See more details below

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An inspired motion-picture masterpiece and a 3-time Academy Award winning film, Life is Beautiful, comes to Classroom Edition DVD for the first time from Disney Educational Productions. When his family's life is threatened by WWII, Guido (Roberto Benigni) must rely on his colorful imagination and irresistible sense of humor to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate. Including correlations to National Curriculum Standards and exclusive educational features, including a motion-comic that details the current day plight of a Holocaust survivor, this DVD provides an enlightening perspective on the stark realities of WWII Europe. 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.

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Life is Beautiful caused more than a little controversy when it was released: any attempt to make comedy out of the Holocaust is going to inspire strong reactions from critics and audience members. Love it or loathe it, Life is Beautiful inarguably made an international star out of Italian comedian Roberto Benigni, who wrote, directed, and starred in it. One of his country's most celebrated comedians, Benigni was previously known for his work in numerous Italian comedies, as well as Johnny Stecchino and Jim Jarmusch's Down By Law and Night on Earth. Life is Beautiful's Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, followed by Benigni's Best Actor Oscar and acceptance speech (in exuberant, skillfully broken English), made Benigni possibly Italy's most famous export since the Fiat. Although some viewers found the film's second half, set almost entirely in a concentration camp, to be well-meaning but misguided, the film's first half is indisputably enjoyable. Revolving around the courtship of an aristocratic lady nicknamed the Principessa by Benigni's Guido, it makes a refreshing, elegantly hilarious love story. Somewhat ironically, the film's wittiest and most accurate commentary on fascism and religious oppression is contained here, rather than in the concentration camp setting. Benigni's comedy here becomes a tool for side-splitting yet razor-sharp criticism, and this first section powerfully establishes the reality of everyday life disrupted by the war.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2000
UPC:
0786936110180
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roberto Benigni Guido
Nicoletta Braschi Dora
Giustino Durano Uncle
Sergio Bustric Ferruccio
Marisa Paredes Dora's Mother
Horst Buchholz Dr. Lessing
Lydia Alfonsi Guicciardini
Giuliana Lojodice Headmistress
Giorgio Cantarini Giosue

Technical Credits
Roberto Benigni Director,Screenwriter
Gianni Arduini Asst. Director
Gianluigi Braschi Producer
Vincenzo Cerami Screenwriter
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Mario Cotone Executive Producer
Danilo Donati Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Elda Ferri Producer
Tullio Morganti Sound/Sound Designer
Simona Paggi Editor
Nicola Piovani Score Composer
Shaila Rubin Casting

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