Life is Beautiful

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  • PG-13
A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). read more
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A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game.

Original Release

12/20/1997

US Release

10/23/1998

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Cast

Roberto Benigni Guido
Nicoletta Braschi Dora
Giorgio Cantarini Giosué
Giustino Durano Zio
Sergio Bini Bustric Ferruccio (as Sergio Bustric)
Marisa Paredes Madre di Dora
Amerigo Fontani Rodolfo
Lidia Alfonsi Guicciardini (as Lydia Alfonsi)
Horst Buchholz Dottor Lessing (as Horst Bucholz)
Pietro de Silva Bartolomeo
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Roberto Benigni

Writers

Roberto Benigni, Vincenzo Cerami

Cast

Roberto Benigni Guido
Nicoletta Braschi Dora
Giorgio Cantarini Giosué
Giustino Durano Zio
Sergio Bini Bustric Ferruccio (as Sergio Bustric)
Marisa Paredes Madre di Dora
Amerigo Fontani Rodolfo
Lidia Alfonsi Guicciardini (as Lydia Alfonsi)
Horst Buchholz Dottor Lessing (as Horst Bucholz)
Pietro de Silva Bartolomeo
Giuliana Lojodice Direttrice Didattica
Francesco Guzzo Vittorino
Verena Buratti Ausiliaria tedesca
Hannes Hellmann Caporale tedesco (as Hannes Helmann)
Wolfgang Hillinger Maggiore tedesco festa
Antonio Prester Bruno (as Nino Prester)
Gina Rovere Governante Dora
Laura Susanne Ruedeberg Ausiliaria tedesca (as Laura Rudeberg)
Richard Sammel Ufficiale stanzioncina
Andrea Tidona Portiere Grand Hotel

Producers

Agnès Mentre Executive Producer
John Rogers Executive Producer
Gianluigi Braschi Producer
John Davis Producer
Elda Ferri Producer
Mario Cotone Producer

Editors

Simona Paggi

1999OscarBest Picture Nominated
1999OscarBest Actor in a Leading Role Won
1999OscarBest Director Nominated
1999OscarBest Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominated
1999OscarBest Film Editing Nominated
1999OscarBest Music, Original Dramatic Score Won
1999OscarBest Foreign Language Film Won
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