DVD 122 mins IMDB 8.4 (46,850 votes) top 250: #74
Life Is Beautiful - Special Edition
Miramax (1997)
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Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Italy  /  Italian

Roberto Benigni Guido
Nicoletta Braschi Dora
Giustino Durano Uncle
Sergio Bustric Ferruccio
Marisa Paredes Dora's Mother
Horst Buchholz Dr. Lessing
Lydia Alfonsi Guicciardini
Giuliana Lojodice Headmistress
Giorgio Cantarini Giosue
Lidia Alfonsi Guicciardini
Sergio Bini Bustric Ferruccio Papini (as Sergio Bustric)
Amerigo Fontani Rodolfo
Pietro De Silva Bartolomeo
Francesco Guzzo Vittorino
Raffaella Lebboroni Elena
Claudio Alfonsi Amico Rodolfo
Gil Baroni Prefect

Director Roberto Benigni
Producer Gianluigi Braschi; Elda Ferri
Writer Vincenzo Cerami; Roberto Benigni
Cinematography Tonino Delli Colli
Musician Nicola Piovani; Jay Snowfield
User Credit 1 Simona Paggi
User Credit 2 Danilo Donati

In this WW II tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman Roberto Benigni (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a Tuscan town, where he is entranced by schoolteacher Dora (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's real-life wife). Dora likes Guido, but she remains faithful to her pompous fiancé, so Guido has an uphill struggle. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes lead to attacks against Guido's Jewish uncle (Giustino Durano). Leaping ahead to five years later, during WW II, Guido and Dora are married and have a son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). 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. — Bhob Stewart

Edition Details
Barcode 717951003089
Region Region 1
Chapters 27
Release Date 11/9/1999
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ITALIAN: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

"Making Life Beautiful" Featurette
Academy Award TV Commercials
Theatrical Trailer
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Holocaust-related thematic elements.
User Text 2 An unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all.
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Trivia: Before they go to sleep Guido and Ferruccio have a few jokes about the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. Schopenhauer was a favorite writer of Hitler. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Dora kisses Guido under the table, her head is tilted to the right then is tilted to the left in the next shot. (more)

[first line]
Giosué Orefice: [narrating as an adult] This is a simple story...but not an easy one to tell.

Awards: Won 3 Oscars. Another 49 wins & 26 nominations (more)