Academic journal article Childhood Education

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

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Life Is Beautiful (1997).

(117 min.)

Director: Roberto Benigni

Rated: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned.

Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Available through Netflix.com

When Guido, a waiter, and his "princess" (wife) in pre-war Italy are sent with their young son to a German concentration camp, Guido strives to keep up their spirits by pretending that their imprisonment is a game and the ultimate prize would be a tank. The movie focuses on how much of life is subject to a person's viewpoint. That is to say, the life anyone lives is more about how they perceive it than what is actually happening. Guido's approach to life is mainly through humor, and this DVD will have the audience both laughing and crying. The situation is deplorable for Guido's family, but his humor alleviates their suffering.

Billing Life Is Beautiful as a tragicomedy and tearjerker may be a little misleading, but this isn't a movie about war--it is a movie about the human spirit. …

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