An inspired award-winning story about the power of love and the human spirit Life Is Beautiful has been called a modern masterpiece! Guido - a charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colourful imagination and an irresistible sense of humour - has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then that life is threatened by World War IIand Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate... Honoured with an overwhelming level of critical acclaim this truly exceptional... utterly unique motion picture will lift your spirits and capture your heart. [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Conjuring keys and hats out of thin air Guido (Roberto Benigni) a clever Jewish-Italian waiter successfully courts Dora (Nicoletta Braschi) a beautiful local woman in Fascist pre-WWII Italy His life however is turned upside down a few years later when he Dora and their young son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini) are sent to a Nazi concentration camp Refusing to give up hope Guido tries to protect his son&39;s innocence by pretending that their imprisonment is just an elaborate game with the grand prize being a tank For years the box-office champ in Italy and the country&39;s most beloved slapstick comic the Chaplinesque Benigni took a huge risk with LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL Many people worried that the film would be as offensive as plopping a cartoon character in Auschwitz (A similar work--THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED a Jerry Lewis film about a comedian in a concentration camp--turned out to be a disaster two decades earlier) Although LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL did provoke some controversy many people found the film to be a poignant tragicomic story that profoundly reaffirmed the humanity of concentration camp victims The film became the highest grossing foreign language film in the US and established Benigni as an international star Age Rating PG
In 1939, young Italian Jew Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni) travels with his friend Ferruccio to Arezzo, where his uncle has promised to help set him up with a bookshop. Guido immediately falls in love with beautiful gentile Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), and eventually woos her away from local fascist official Rodolfo. Guido and Dora marry, have a son, Giosué, and are very happy. However, when war breaks out a few years later, Guido and Giosué are moved to a Nazi concentration camp. Determined to protect his son from the horrors of war, Guido tells him that the camp is all part of a game, and that Giosué's prize will be a life-size version of the toy tank he loves to play with. The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor for Roberto Benigni.