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Movie Backtrack: La vita è Bella (Italy)

The 84th Academy Awards is fast approaching and we’d like to present some notable movies from different countries. Today, we’ll look at an award-winning movie from Italy, La vita è Bella. Read on!

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La vita è Bella or Life is Beautiful is an Italian film that was released in 1997. The film tells the story of a Jewish-Italian who uses the power of imagination to help his son cope with their situation when they are brought to a concentration camp. This is World War II movie but there are elements that set it apart from other such movies. It is a mixture of romance, drama, and comedy.

Life is Beautiful is a touching movie that focuses on family relationships. Roberto Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a waiter who falls in love with wealthy school teacher Dora, portrayed by Nicholetta Braschi. Dora and Guido eventually get married and have a son, Giosuè.

On the second part of the film, World War II takes place and Guido and Giosuè are taken to a concentration camp on the day of Giosuè’s birthday. The next scenes that take place show the efforts of Guido to shield Giosuè from the reality and harsh conditions on the concentration camp. Until the end, the movie shows the extent of a father’s love and the risks that he’s willing to take to preserve his son’s innocence.

Here’s the trailer for the film:

Life is Beautiful won 3 awards in the 1999 Academy Awards ceremonies – Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Music (Original Dramatic Score). The film was also nominated for Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay. Apart from these, Life is Beautiful also won other awards from BAFTA, Cannes Film Festival, Screen Actors Guild, and many more.

Sources used for this article include IMDB, and Wikipedia – Life is Beautiful.

Which films do you think are worthy of an OSCAR nod? Leave your comments below! Hopefully, this film will inspire you to create your own feature film with the LomoKino.

written by jeanmendoza

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