Paramount at the Movies Presents: Life is Beautiful [PG-13]
Movies | 08/20/2017 | 2:00PM
“…Life Is Beautiful is not about Nazis and Fascists, but about the human spirit. It is about rescuing whatever is good and hopeful from the wreckage of dreams. About hope for the future. About the necessary human conviction, or delusion, that things will be better for our children than they are right now.” – Roger Ebert
In 1930s Italy, an open-minded Jewish librarian named Guido and his son become victims of the Holocaust. With a strong sense of will and humor, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game in order to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Starring Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, and Giorgio Cantarini, this moving 1999 Italian film won three Academy Awards for Best Actor (Roberto Benigni), Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score.
Did You Know?
- Roberto Benigni was so excited to receive his Academy Award for Best Foreign Film that he stood up in his chair and leaped across several more chairs to get to the stage.
- Benigni says the title comes from a quote by Leon Trotsky. In exile in Mexico, knowing he was about to be killed by Joseph Stalin’s assassins, he saw his wife in the garden and wrote that, in spite of everything, “life is beautiful”.
- Guido’s wife, Dora, is played by Roberto Benigni’s real-life wife, Nicoletta Braschi.