Continuity mistake: When Guido is caught in the spotlight during the liberation of the camp, he climbs down from his hiding place on the wall and falls to the ground. When the guard prods him to stand up the blanket around his waist hangs down to his feet, but when the camera cuts away and back just before he starts walking, it is several inches shorter. When he play marches for Giosuè it is hiked up even farther.
A few days before the end of the war, The Nazis liquidate the concentration camp in which Guido and his son stay. Guido orders his son to hide in a nearby locker while he sets out, dressed as a woman, to find his wife. He fails to find her after avoiding all the Nazis around, but as he comes back, he's discovered by a soldier and led to a nearby alley. When they pass the Locker in which Guido's son hides, Guido does a funny walk to raise his son's moral. The soldier leads Guido around the corner. After a long pause, shots are fired. Guido is executed moments before the Nazis leave the camp. At dawn, Guido's son exits his hideout to witness an Allied tank, what he believes to be the prize of the game, drives through the camp. The American soldiers lift him up and they drive through the mountain - until Guido's son sees his mother. They go and hug. The son, now an adult, narrates: "This is the sacrifice my father made for me."
Guido: I forgot to tell you.
Dora: Go ahead.
Guido: You can't imagine how much I feel like making love to you. But I'll never tell anyone, especially not you. They'd have to torture me to make me say it.
Dora: Say what?
Guido: That I want to make love to you - not just once, but over and over again! But I'll never tell you that. I'd have to be crazy to tell you. I'd even make love to you now... right here for the rest of my life.
Trivia: Roberto Benigni became the first Italian actor in more than 35 years to win an Oscar for an acting role. The last winner was Sophia Loren. His unexpecting Oscar win for "Best Actor" marked only the second time that an actor had directed himself in an Academy Award winning performance. The other was Laurence Olivier for Hamlet (1948). Benigni also became the first actor to win a best actor oscar for an non-English speaking role.
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