Life is Beautiful (vita è bella, La) review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/21/11
Evidently one of the best non-US film produced about positivity and sacrifice for a child. Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), a young Italian Jew who falls for a Dora (Nicoletta Braschi) during World War II. They gave birth to a son named Giosuè (Giorgio Cantarini). Guido and his son were captured by the Nazi’s and Dora goes on the same train where they were transported to a concentration camp. The ever positive Guido makes a game out of a very depressing situation for Giosuè to keep his spirits up. Wonderful direction, cinematography coupled with an astounding performance from Benigni. Impressive screenplay with the following exceptional lines: Guido – “What kind of place is this? It's beautiful: Pigeons fly, women fall from the sky! I'm moving here!” Uncle Eliseo – “Nothing is more necessary than the unnecessary.” “Serving is the supreme art. God is the first of servants. God serves men, but he's not a servant to men.” Giosuè Orefice – “This is the sacrifice my father made for me.” The humor, drama and realism were very apparent while the score manages to capture its mood of the picture. This is a masterpiece that should not be overlooked because of its universal themes of love, friendship, family, survival, sacrifice and optimism despite of negative situations. Life is Beautiful had messages of cherishing our loved ones no matter what your stature or obstacles are, which in my perception, is a mark of a true movie classic.