PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, War
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 says the title comes from a quote by Leon Trotsky. In exile in Mexico, knowing he was about to be killed by Joseph Stalin's assassins, he saw his wife in the garden and wrote that, in spite of everything, "life is beautiful".
This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.
When the concentration camp is being evacuated, a half-track with the Balkenkreuz painted on it can be seen. Actually, this vehicle is an American-made M3 Half-track which was used by the Allied forces during the war and not by the Germans (although captured M3s were used by the Nazis in North Africa and on the western front).
Italian, German, English
£87,818 (UK) (14 February 1999)
$57,598,247 (USA) (3 October 1999)
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