General Information

Glossary: L
Released Year: 1997
Runtime: 116 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Directors: Roberto Benigni
Writers: Vincenzo Cerami, Roberto Benigni
Casts: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Sergio Bini Bustric, Marisa Paredes, Horst Buchholz, Giuliana Lojodice, Amerigo Fontani, Pietro De Silva, Francesco Guzzo, Raffaella Lebboroni, Claudio Alfonsi, Gil Baroni, Massimo Bianchi
IMDB: Life Is Beautiful (1997) - IMDB

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IMDB Rating: 8.6
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.5

Reviews

100
Chicago Tribune - Michael Wilmington
A deeply moving blend of cold terror and rapturous hilarity. Lovingly crafted by Italy's top comedian and most popular filmmaker, it's that rare comedy that takes on a daring and ambitious subject and proves worthy of it.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)


In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank.