Life is beautiful

Life is beautiful

La vita e bella

DVD - 1999 | Italian
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A charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II.
Publisher: [Calif.] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Video, [1999], c1997
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780788816208
0788816209
Branch Call Number: FIC Life
PN1997 .V5817 1999
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: La Vita e bella
Audience: Rated PG-13

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QnVz
Jul 10, 2016

One of the most amazing and ridiculously adorable movies I have ever seen. Watched this with my 12 year old and it was such a wonderful wonderful way to segway into discussion about history and how things happen around us without totally killing every bit of innocence still in our pre-teen. Totally appropriate display of true love and the sacrifice parents make for their kids. Very very beautiful work!!

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lukasevansherman
May 08, 2016

Yeah, it's cute, but I think it unintentionally trivializes horrific historical events.

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sspringer71
Apr 09, 2016

This is a great heartfelt movie. It shows how your attitude in life can make a difference even in the most dire circumstances. Roberto Benigni, who also directed the movie, is brilliant in his role as Guido. A must see.

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jenn_g
Jan 27, 2016

a truly heartbreaking film

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haoke201301
Jun 03, 2015

When I was watching the first one third of the movie, the romantic part, I couldn't help but wondering how such a cliché could be nominated for the academy reward. And then I got answer from the remaining two thirds. I had watched a few very good movies about a father's love, but none of them could rival this one. If now someone asks me for an icon of a loving father, I would say "Watch Life Is Beautiful and you will get it."

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rslade
Aug 23, 2014

Very sweet, not *quite* hilarious, maybe not a movie to see al that often, but definitely worth repeat views. Part of it is a romantic comedy, part is a comedy with the child, part is a heartwrenching but poignant tragedy.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 25, 2014

This is a beautiful movie! So good. Brilliant story, acting, drama. No flaws. I guarantee that you will rate this 5/5 it is a amazing story.

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VRMurphy
Jul 17, 2014

I hadn't seen this since it originally came out, so thought it was time to see it again, to check if the magic survived. It did. A wonderful film.

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madd42
Feb 20, 2014

"Bongiorno principesa!" We watched this in our LA class for our holoucaust unit. The beginning of the movie made me laugh until my sides hurt, and the end made me cry until my eyes were out of tears. I love the hope and joy that Guido gives to his son and wife. You can clearly see the terror of the concentration camps, but feel as if there is still hope in the world. This movie leaves you with a feeling of hope and joy, like the world is new again. The Italian is beautiful, so listen to it in Italian and read the subtitles, you will get used to it in like two minutes. I highly recomend this movie; you will remember it forever.

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Beth1603
Jan 18, 2014

"Bongiorno Principessa!" and I was crying nonstop. Guido's hope is immeasurable and the little boy, his son, is adorable. All the actors do an incredible job, especially Roberto Benigni. While it is a tearjerker, Life is Beautiful is also funny and touching. I truly loved it.

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madd42
Feb 20, 2014

Giosué Orefice: "No Jews or Dogs Allowed." Why do all the shops say, "No Jews Allowed"?

Guido: Oh, that. "Not Allowed" signs are the latest trend! The other day, I was in a shop with my friend the kangaroo, but their sign said, "No Kangaroos Allowed," and I said to my friend, "Well, what can I do? They don't allow kangaroos."

Giosué Orefice: Why doesn't our shop have a "Not Allowed" sign?

Guido: Well, tomorrow, we'll put one up. We won't let in anything we don't like. What don't you like?

Giosué Orefice: Spiders.

Guido: Good. I don't like Visigoths. Tomorrow, we'll get sign: "No Spiders or Visigoths Allowed."

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tlhull
Sep 05, 2012

Don't ask for a lollipop. We eat them all. I had twenty of them yesterday. What a stomach ache. But it was worth it. You bet.

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tlhull
Sep 05, 2012

There are three ways you can loose points. One, if you cry, two, if you want your mommy, three, if you want a snack.

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Monolith
May 12, 2012

Joshua Orefice (Guido's son, narrating): "This is my story. This is the sacrifice my father made. This was his gift to me."

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DavidB
Apr 19, 2009

Buon giorno, Principessa!

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JihadiConservative
Jul 25, 2014

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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varaidzo89
Dec 13, 2011

varaidzo89 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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lukeooo2
Nov 02, 2011

lukeooo2 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Jul 25, 2014

Violence: Some with the concentration camp but because of how powerful the story is, I thing everyone should see it! Im 14 but my little siblings saw it ages 9 months, 4yrs, 7yrs, 9yrs and 12yrs

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