Life Is Beautiful


2h 2m 1998
Life Is Beautiful

Brief Synopsis

An Italian Jew¿s sense of humor is his only hope when he and his family are put into a concentration camp.

Film Details

Also Known As
La vie est belle, La vita e bella, Leben ist schön, Livet är underbart, vida es bella, vie est belle, vita e bella
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
War
Foreign
Period
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Miramax International
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Bac Films Distribution; Buena Vista International; Cecchi Gori Pictures; China Film Group; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; RCV Distribution; Skifan Hf; Village Roadshow Limited; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Cinecitta Studios, Rome, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m

Synopsis

In 1939, Guido, an Italian Jew, falls in love with Dora, who isn't Jewish. He woos her away from the Fascist official she has been dating, and they get married. Their son Giosue grows up among growing anti-Semitism. As the war progresses, Guido and Giosue are arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Dora goes too, determined not to separate the family. In the midst of the horrors of the camp, Guido protects his son by pretending that survival in the concentration camp is an elaborate game with which Giosue must play along or be sent home.

Cast

Robert Camero

Executed German Soldier

Nicoletta Braschi

Dora Orefice

Giorgio Cantarini

Giosue Orefice

Roberto Benigni

Guido Orefice

Giustino Durano

Uncle

Sergio Bustric

Ferruccio

Lydia Alfonsi

Guicciardini

Giuliana Lojodice

Headmistress

Amerigo Fontani

Rodolfo

Pietro Desilva

Bartolomeo

Francesco Guzzo

Vittorino

Raffaella Lebboroni

Elena

Marisa Paredes

Dora'S Mother

Horst Buchholz

Doctor Lessing

Claudio Alfonsi

Rodolfo'S Friend

Gil Baroni

Prefect

Massimo Bianchi

Man With Key

Jurgen Bohn

German Orderly At Celebration

Verena Buratti

German Auxiliary

Ennio Consalvi

General Graziosi

Giancarlo Consentino

Ernesto--The Waiter

Aaron Craig

Us Driver

Alfiero Falomi

King

Daniela Fedtke

German Auxiliary

Antonio Fommei

School Janitor

Stefano Frangipani

Player

Ernst Frowein Holger

German Sergeant

Alessandra Grassi

Schoolmistress

Hannes Helmann

German Corporal

Wolfgang Hillinger

German General At Celebration

Margareta Lucia Krauss

Soldier Who Feeds Children

Patrizia Lazzarini

Woman At Grand Hotel

Maria Letizia

Woman At Grand Hotel

Concetta Lombardo

Gigliola

Maria Rita Macellari

Queen

Carlotta Mangione

Eleonora

Franco Mescolini

School Inspector

Francesca Messinese

Lady At Opera

Inger Lise Middleton

German Auxiliary

Andrea Nardi

Decorator

Gunther Pfanzelter

German Soldier

Cristina Porchiella

Unmarried Schoolmistress

Nino Prester

Bruno

Gina Rovere

Dora'S Governess

Laura Rudeberg

German Auxiliary

Massimo Salvanti

Policeman At Map Shop

Richard Sammel

Official

James Shindler

Transfixed German

Andrea Tidona

Grand Hotel Porter

Dirk Karsten Van Den Berg

German Soldier

Giovanna Villa

Registrar

Horst Buchholz

Voice Of Doctor Lessing (English Language Version)

Jonathan Nichols

Voice Of Guido (English Language Version)

Ilaria Borrelli

Voice Of Dora (English Language Version)

James Falzone

Voice Of Giosue (English Language Version)

Chip Bolcik

Voice Of Rodolfo (English Language Version)

Marc A Schwarz

Voice Of Us Driver (English Language Version)

Montserrat Caballe

Performer

Shirley Verret

Performer

Pietro De Silva

Film Details

Also Known As
La vie est belle, La vita e bella, Leben ist schön, Livet är underbart, vida es bella, vie est belle, vita e bella
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
War
Foreign
Period
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Miramax International
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Bac Films Distribution; Buena Vista International; Cecchi Gori Pictures; China Film Group; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Kinepolis Film Distribution; Lauren Films; MIRAMAX; Miramax Home Entertainment; RCV Distribution; Skifan Hf; Village Roadshow Limited; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
Cinecitta Studios, Rome, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m

Award Wins

Best Actor

1999
Roberto Benigni

Best Foreign Language Film

1999

Best Music Original Dramatic Score

1999

Award Nominations

Best Director

1999
Roberto Benigni

Best Film Editing

1999

Best Picture

1999

Best Writing, Screenplay

1999

Articles

Life is Beautiful


An Italian Jew's sense of humor is his only hope when he and his family are put into a concentration camp.
Life Is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

An Italian Jew's sense of humor is his only hope when he and his family are put into a concentration camp.

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States November 6, 1998

Released in United States August 27, 1999

Released in United States on Video July 20, 1999

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States July 1998

Released in United States August 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States November 1998

Released in United States January 1999

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 28 - November 15, 1998.

Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 27 - September 7, 1998.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1998.

Shown at Jerusalem Film Festival July 9-18, 1998.

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival August 5-15, 1998.

Shown at Viennale International Film Festival in Vienna October 16-28, 1998.

Shown at London Film Festival November 5-19, 1998.

Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival January 7-18, 1999.

Began shooting June 1997.

Completed shooting September 5, 1997.

dubbed English

Released in United States Fall October 23, 1998 (NY, LA)

Expanded Release in United States October 30, 1998

Expanded Release in United States November 6, 1998

Released in United States August 27, 1999 (English dubbed version; New York City and Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video July 20, 1999

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 28 - November 15, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Montreal World Film Festival (out of competition) August 27 - September 7, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1998.)

Released in United States July 1998 (Shown at Jerusalem Film Festival July 9-18, 1998.)

Released in United States August 1998 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival August 5-15, 1998.)

Roberto Benigni is the 1998 recipient of the Crystal Globe Award by the ADL (Anti-Defamation League).

Roberto Benigni was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in 1998 by the Directors Guild of America.

Winner of Air Canada People's Choice Award at the 1998 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Winner of five 1998 Silver Ribbon (Nastri D'Argento) Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Roberto Benigni), Best Screenplay, Best Story, and Best Supporting Actor (Giustino Durano).

Winner of Golden Leopard Cub (Record Ticket Sales) at 1998 Locarno International Film Festival.

Winner of nine 1998 David di Donatello Awards (Italian Oscars) including Best Picture.

Winner of the 1998 award for Best Film by the National Association of Italian Journalists.

Winner of the 1998 award for Best Foreign Language Film from the Chicago Film Critics Association. Nominated for a further two awards, including Best Picture, and Best Actor (Roberto Benigni).

Winner of the 1998 Award for Best Foreign Language Film from the Online Film Critics Society.

Winner of the 1998 Broadcast Film Critics Association award for Best Foreign Language Film and nominated for the Best Picture award.

Winner of the 1998 Cesar Award for Best Foreign Film.

Winner of the 1998 Lumiere award for Best Foreign Film.

Winner of the Audience Award at the 1998 Montreal World Film Festival.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 1998 American Film Institute (AFI) Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival.

Winner of the Best Jewish Experience Award at the 1998 Jerusalem International Film Festival.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

Winner of three Critic's Awards for Best Film, Best Actor (Benigni), and Best Director (Roberto Benigni) at the 1998 Fort Lauderdale Interational Film Festival.

Winner of two 1998 European Film Awards, including Best Film and Best European Actor (Roberto Benigni).

"Life is Beautiful" was ruled ineligible by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for Golden Globe nominations due to its Italian release date.

Winner of the Special Achievement in Filmmaking Honor (Roberto Benigni) from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, the fourth time the honor has been given.

Released in United States Fall October 23, 1998

Expanded Release in United States October 30, 1998

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Viennale International Film Festival in Vienna October 16-28, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Opening Night Gala) October 22-31, 1998.)

Released in United States November 1998 (Shown at London Film Festival November 5-19, 1998.)

Released in United States January 1999 (Shown at Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival January 7-18, 1999.)

Winner of the 1999 Goya Award for Best European Film.