Life Is Beautiful Abstract

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Roberto Remigio Benigni, “Life is Beautiful,” an Academy Award winning Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director of film, theatre and television. Movie release date was December 20, 1997. This movie speaks to the viewers through its comedic and yet tragic story line of the Holocaust. The main character, Guido Orefice, also played by Benigni, is a Jewish Italian book keeper living during the period of the Nazi takeover. Benigni approaches this horrifying event in the history with a different perspective. While many movies were careful to approach the concept of the Holocaust, Benigni tries to lighten the event by introducing it as a sort of game while still portraying the tragic events that happened. The point is for Guido to trick his son into thinking that the whole concentration camp experience is just a game to win a tank. Despite all the pain and suffering they go through, they are able to stay strong through Guido’s deceptive acting and imagination. Through this movie, not only were the audience able to see the events of the Holocaust, they were able to experience the paternal love that Guido showed during the darkest times. One scene in particular was able to portray what this whole movie was about. When the war was over and the Americans were coming to free them, Guido tells his son to hide while he goes to find his wife. However, he gets caught by the Nazi soldiers and is taken to be executed. Despite the fear of death, Guido continues to play the game with his son until the bitter end by marching in a funny manner. The love and concern for his son, even when faced with death, helped accomplish the tragicomedy approach to what is still remembered as one of the most gruesome event.
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