Guido lives in a pre-WWII Italy. He wins over the woman of his dreams with his sense of humor and ability to make any situation positive. They have a son. He teaches his son with the same zest for life. When they are thrown into a concentration camp together, he tells his then 6-year old son that it is a game and if they play by the "rules" and win all the "points" that they will win a real tank. Guido never reveals the horrors of what is really happening all around them.
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.megamii
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