Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful (1997)

33 mistakes

Visible crew/equipment: The camera searches for Dora whilst Guido plays music through the open window. In her room, you can easily see a cable (from a microphone or a spotlight?) on the left side of the screen.

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Continuity mistake: In the rain scene after Guido & his princess are in the rain, the steering wheel becomes detached, and he holds it up, and you see hardware still connected to the steering wheel. When he puts the pillow on top of it for her to use as an umbrella, you don't see the hardware. During this scene, Guido places the pillow directly on top of the steering wheel, and in the following shots, you don't see the actual steering wheel; only the stick.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: When Guido is trained as a waiter by his uncle the champagne bottle in the cooler not only stands upright for one shot but also its foil cap appears and disappears a number of times.

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Continuity mistake: When Giosue comes out of his hiding place at the end he opens the door only wide enough to slide through. When he walks away the door is fully open.

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Continuity mistake: In every scene involving rain, no one ever gets wet. Even in the scene where Guido walks Dora home and she tells him he is wet, the water just beads up on his right shoulder. Wouldn't he/his clothes have been soaked, given how hard it was raining?

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Other mistake: When Giosuè discovers the German boy in the metal box Guido says that his name is Schwarz (Black). The German subtitles translate the name as Schwanz (Tail or - rather - Dick), and that's how both Guido and Giosuè refer to the boy later. Even if the different naming later was intended the first subtitling was too anticipatory.

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Continuity mistake: When Dora kisses Guido under the table the way she tilts her head changes from right to left between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the two plain-clothes policemen take Guido from the bookstore Giosuè is sitting at the table with both arms on top. When the camera angle changes his left arm is under the table, but in the next shot both arms are on the table again.

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Revealing mistake: When Guido and Ferrucio spot the publisher sitting in a café she is studying a manuscript while holding it sideways.

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Continuity mistake: At Dora's engagement party the dancers get showered with large confetti. When Guido drops the candy tray the first time the pattern of confetti on Dora's head changes completely.

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Plot hole: When Giosuè acts as a silent German boy and joins the coffee party Guido talks to him in Italian quite loudly while he is eating. The two German children sitting at the same table should have noticed something and, if not give him away, at least be somewhat surprised.

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Continuity mistake: After Guido has been escorted from the bookstore by the police his mother-in-law comes to the store. Giosuè picks up a pile of books from the floor with a red book on top, but when the camera angle changes there's a white book on top of the pile.

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Revealing mistake: When Guido tries to escape camouflaged as a woman and is stopped by the guards the second from right prisoner cannot help laughing.

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Continuity mistake: The train enters the concentration camp at night, but the prisoners get off in the middle of the day. However, the engine is still puffing steam as if the train had just arrived.

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Continuity mistake: When Giosuè is hiding in the small cupboard Guido puts some flowers on top and some of the blossoms hang over the edge. In the next shot they are all lying on the cupboard, but when the camera angle changes they are hanging over again.

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Continuity mistake: When Giosuè climbs out of the metal box the door is only half open, but when the camera angle changes it's fully open.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Guido has his sudden entrance from behind Ferrucio to surprise Dora and her colleague watch the café in the background: two girls disappear from the table on the right between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Guido stands in the rain outside the barracks, calling Giosuè, the way the blanket is hanging over his left arm changes from smooth to crumpled between shots.

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Other mistake: When Guido drops Dora at home after he had "kidnapped" her from the opera the rain has stopped. She mentions his wet hat, he takes it off and puts it back on, and when he bends forward a substantial trickle comes running off the brim. There should be no water left (if any) after he had taken the hat off.

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Continuity mistake: When Guido and Giosuè enter the barrack there are symmetrical rows of bunk beds on both sides. When Guido returns after his first day of labor there's a shot of the door where the end of the left row of bunk beds isn't visible even though the perspective should include it.

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Continuity mistake: When Guido pretends to quit the 'game' and walks out of the barrack Giosuè first follows him slowly, then stops. Seen from the back he is standing further back than from the front.

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Continuity mistake: When Guido and Giosuè speak over the camp's public address system the sun is shining from a cloudless sky. Also when Dora hears them, stops working and walks to the door the sun is in her face. However, when she stands in the door the sunlight is gone, to be back in her face in the following close-up.

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Continuity mistake: Giosuè spots his mama from the tank when they go down a mountain road with rocks left and right, but when he runs over to her he crosses a lush meadow.

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Other mistake: When Guido decides to leave the camp with Giosue, he stops by the box Giosue will hide in, and says they will win 60 points if they get through the night. When Giosue asks how many points they have ("Quanti punti abbiamo?"), you can see Guido mouth " - ti abbiamo" along with Giosue.

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Audio problem: When Guido knocks the flower pot from the window sill and it breaks on Rodolfo's head it looks and disintegrates like wood but sounds like terracotta.

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Revealing mistake: When Giosuè steps out of the metal box he walks over to a marked spot where he is supposed to wait for the tank to turn around the corner. This wouldn't have been as revealing if he hadn't been firmly looking at his mark for the last few meters.

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Continuity mistake: When Giosuè gets out of the metal box and the tank arrives his shadow turns by 90 degrees.

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Continuity mistake: When Guido and Giosuè enter the barrack a lot of newcomers have already gone in before them. But when the camera cuts to the old inmates staring at them you see no new prisoners inside the barrack.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When Guido is being trained as a waiter by his uncle, Guido walks off "pretending to attend to a customer call" for the first time, there is a woman behind him walking behind to the left with a small pile of towels. The 2nd time Guido does this routine, just a few seconds later, the same woman walks behind him again, with the same pile of towels.

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Revealing mistake: When Guido acts as the school inspector he is wearing jacket and trousers and a sash rather tightly through his crotch. After the camera cuts to the approaching real school inspector for a few seconds Guido has gotten rid of trousers and jacket, but the sash is still in place, a feat worthy of the great Houdini.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: When the brakes of Guido's and Ferrucio's car fail while going downhill and they take a direct route through the thicket the windshield gets covered with branches and twigs. When they arrive at the town and Guido is standing up looking over the blocked windshield the camera cuts to a close-up where suddenly one branch stands high up right in front of Guido.

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NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: Dora enters the train a few minutes later than Guido and Giosuè, but their shadows point in totally different directions.

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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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