Life is Beautiful

D: Roberto Benigni
Melampo (Elda Ferri & Gianluigi Braschi)
Italy 1998
122 mins
W: Roberto Benigni & Vincenzo Cerami                                      
DP: Tonino Delli Colli
Ed: Simona Paggi
Mus: Nicola Piovani
PD: Danilo Donati
Roberto Benigni (Guido Orefice), Nicoletta Braschi (Dora Orefice), Giustino Durano (Giosue Orefice), Sergio Brustic (Ferruccio), Marisa Paredes (Dora's Mother), Horst Buchholz (Dr. Lessing)
La Vita E Bella! What a beautiful film it is too. What begins as a Chaplinesque love story turns into a war drama as Italian Jew, Guido Orifice (Roberto Benigni) and his son, Joshua, are taken to a concentration camp, where Guido, protecting his son from the horrors there, convinces him that it's all a game.
I put off watching this movie for so long due to some critics labelling it overly sentimental or stating that it made light of serious subject matter, but I thought it was a joy to watch, all due to the flamboyant & charismatic performance of Benigni.
It's a heartwarming, heartbreaking and heart-string pulling fable of fantasia which left a few tears welling in my eyes. Life is beautiful and so is this movie.
Life is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful