Beautiful (La Vita è
by Akiko Tanaka from Japan
1939, during World War II in Italy, Guido,
the main character, arrived in a small
town to live with his uncle. He was a good
and kind, cheerful and humorous person. He
met and fell in love with Dora, a school
teacher; and they got married.
Roberto Benigni (Guido)
Nicoletta Braschi (Dora)
Giorgio Cantarini (Giosué)
is Beautiful is an Italian movie directed by
Roberto Benigni in 1998. It won the Academy Foreign
Movie award in 2000 and was the winner of the Grand
Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
1939, during World War II in Italy, Guido, the main
character, arrived in a small town to live with his
uncle. He was a good and kind, cheerful and
humorous person. He met and fell in love with Dora,
a school teacher who was a very smart and strong
person; and they got married.
years later, on the day of their young son Joshua's
birthday, their lives changed. Guido and Joshua
were taken by the Nazis to a concentration camp
because they were Jewish. Dora also went to a
concentration camp on her own because she loved
that Joshua wouldn't be afraid of everything that
was happening in the camp, Guido told him it was a
game. He pretended it was all a game in front of
Joshua to protect him. Just before the war was
over, Guido heroically saves his son.
is a very beautiful and sad story. It is a
heartrending movie that shows us we should never
forget what happened and stand up against war.
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