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In this WW II tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman Roberto Benigni (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a ...Show synopsisIn 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 fiancT, 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, RoviHide synopsis
I can't say it enough: This is my ultimate favorite movie of all time. It makes you think, laugh, cry - no matter how many times you watch it. It will make you want to hug your child and never let them see you cry.
This movie, done in Italian, with English sub-titles, was a beautiful movie about love and war. It's about the love of a man and a woman, and the love of a parent for a child. The actors are married in real life. He's a bit of a goof-ball, but it works here. It easily divides into two parts: the part before the war, and the part during the war. Many of the events in the first part carry over into the second; even the opera they had seen when they met, and a quirky Doctor who was obsessed with rhymes. When Dora's husband, Guido, is sent to a concentration camp with their son, Giosue, she insists on being sent there as well. They are separated while there, but he is able to send messages to her. In order to shelter his son from the horrors of war and the place where they are, Guido convinces him it's all part of an elaborate game, and the winner will win a real tank at the end. It was very funny at times, and bittersweet at the end. Five stars aren't enough.