La Vita E Bella

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lAira G. Manalo August 31, 2012
COM31 Mr. Edgar Garnace

Life is Beautiful
(La Vita è Bella)

I believe that being free is a matter of choice. We are free because we want to be defined not by other people but ourselves. We make choices together with the thought of making a choice for the good of everyone. We exist not for other people to tie strings on our hands and feet and do the manipulation.
I don’t exactly know what to feel about this film. It was a good laugh and a painful thing for me at the same time. Guido (Roberto Benigni) is such an optimistic human being, a positive father to his son Giosué (Giorgio Cantarini) and a loving husband to his wife Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), who he treated like a princess if I may have to mention. As for me, being a person who freaks out when things don’t go right, I have perfectly seen how Guido made life beautiful for his son and wife. It hurts me to see him hiding the truth from his son by reinventing the things that happens inside the concentration camp. In the midst of that threatening situation, Guido manipulated his world and made life beautiful for him and his family. I think that is the very essence of the film, making life perfect for you, even if it really isn’t for the entire world. It is important that we find beauty even in the darkest and cruelest of places. Dora amazed me too. I will not forget how she willingly set foot into that train containing all Jewish people. I can see how strong her love is for her husband and son that she can give up her life just to be with them. I have seen her change from a spoiled girl who fell into Guido’s arms and turned out into someone braver and stronger, someone who thinks not much of her own sake anymore.
This is where I would now start relating it to Existentialism. The very core of this philosophy is that “Existence precedes Essence”. It emphasizes the uniqueness and isolation of the individual experience in a hostile or indifferent universe and

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