Life is Beautiful

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.

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Quotes

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.

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Mistakes

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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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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