Life is Beautiful – Film Critique
Throughout history people consider their family as their everything. For Family it’s about showing unconditional love; it means that no matter what you're in it together, and till the end. Life is Beautiful is a story about a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank. In this film Guido outlines the theme of family very successfully. The plot, acting and other elements in the film do impact the theme muchly. Guido is seen as loving, humorous, encouraging father figure who will do anything for his son and wife. The plot of the film He ultimate sacrifice by giving his life while trying to protect his family. Before this happens though, there are many examples of how the main characters make sacrifices for their family members. Some of these are Dora sacrificing her own lifestyle and safety in order to be with those she loves, twice, Guido sacrificing his own health and safety to ensure his son is safe and Guido taking risks throughout his time at the concentration camp to let his wife know he and Joshua were alive and safe
After they are imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of their situation. He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an armored tank -- so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as necessary for participation in the contest La Vita è bellaThis is one of those movies that have a lasting effect on you. After watching it, I found that it has less to do with the Holocaust and more to do with the human feelings and the...
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