Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War

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When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.



  • Roberto Benigni in his Oscar®-winning role as Guido Orefice
  • Helena Bonham Carter at an event for Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  • Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi at an event for Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  • Giorgio Cantarini stars as Giosue
  • Rosanna Arquette at an event for Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  • Helena Bonham Carter at an event for Life Is Beautiful (1997)

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Did You Know?


Mel Brooks greatly disliked this film, claiming it made jokes out of the concentration camps. Brooks frequently satirizes Nazis themselves, but never makes jokes about their actions, considering the latter to be in bad taste even for him.


Giosué Orefice: This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.


When Dora looks out her barrack to listen to the opera piece, her long hair can be seen under her scarf. In concentration camps, women's heads were regularly shaved to prevent the proliferation of lice.


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Comedy | Drama | War


Release Date:

12 February 1999


Italian, German, English

Country of Origin


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£87,818 (UK) (14 February 1999)


$57,598,247 (USA) (3 October 1999)

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