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Format: DVD
Sku: 213823214
UPC: 786936792270
UPC 14: 00786936792270
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Editor's Note
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, Giosué (Giorgio Cantarini), are sent to a Nazi concentration camp. Refusing to give up hope, Guido tries to protect his son'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'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 U.S. and established Benigni as an international star.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Disney Educational
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/26/2010
Video UPC UPC: 00786936792270
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Giorgio Cantarini
Video Cast Info Marisa Paredes
Video Cast Info Horst Bucholz
Video Cast Info Nicoletta Braschi
Video Cast Info Sergio Bini Bustric
Video Cast Info Roberto Benigni
Video Cast Info Guistino Durano
Video Cast Info Lydia Alfonsi
Video Cast Info Roberto Benigni - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Danilo Donati - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Danilo Donati - Art Director
Video Cast Info Nicola Piovani - Composer
Video Cast Info Vincenzo Cerami - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Simona Paggi - Editor
Video Cast Info Tonino Delli Colli - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Elda Ferri - Producer
Video Cast Info Danilo Donati - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Mario Cotone - Line Producer
Video Cast Info Gianluigi Braschi - Producer
Video Cast Info Roberto Benigni - Director
Plot Summary
In LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, a endearing Jewish-Italian waiter in pre-WWII Italy courts a lovely local woman. A few years later, when he and his idyllic family are taken to a Nazi concentration camp, he uses his magical gifts of humor and romance to see his wife and son through their uncertain days.

Memorable Quotes

"Buon giorno, principessa!"----Guido (Roberto Benigni) to Dora (Nicoletta Braschi)

"No spiders or Visigoths allowed."----Guido to his son, Giosué (Giorgio Cantarini)

"You can lose all your points for any one of three things. One----if you cry. Two----if you ask to see your mother. Three----if you're hungry and ask for a snack! Forget it!"----Guido to Giosué

"We play the part of the real mean guys who yell."----Guido, supposedly translating a German soldier

"Don't ask for any lollipops. We eat them all."----Guido, still translating a German soldier

"They make buttons and soap out of us."----Giosué to Guido

"Fat, fat, ugly, ugly, all yellow in reality, if you ask me what I am, I answer 'cheep, cheep, cheep.' Walking along I go, 'poo poo.' What am I? Tell me true."----Dr. Lessing (Horst Bucholz) to Guido

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...[A] magnificent film....Real emotional strength..." 02/??/1999 p.46

Entertainment Weekly
"...[Benigni] succeeds, to an extraordinary degree, in reviving the neo-Technicolor lushness and affectionate screwball rhythms of postwar Hollywood....A delicate romance spiked with antifascist farce..." 11/06/1998 p.54

Premiere
"...[Benigni] puts a serious spin on his comic genius..." 10/01/1998 p.29

New York Times
"...Mr. Benigni effectively creates a situation in which comedy is courage. And he draws from this an unpretentious, enormously likable film that plays with history both seriously and mischievously..." 10/23/1998 p.E14

Box Office
"...[The film] explores the power of laughter to lift the human spirit even in the face of extreme tragedy..." 07/01/1998 p.125

Los Angeles Times
"...[Benigni is] one of the world's most irresistibly funny people. A mischief-maker percolating with infectious energy and a machine-gun verbal style, he blends an Everyman aura with the ability to infuse his characters with believable innocence..." 10/23/1998 p.C1

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's surreal, agonising, sad and, yes, funny....[It's Benigni's] ambition, wit and sincerity that help his film find surprising poignancies, in the middle of humanity's most terrible absurdities." 06/01/2012

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Product attributeActor:   Benigni,Roberto
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
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