The Holocaust: La Vita e Bella
The Film "Life is Beautiful" In the movie 'Life Is Beautiful', a Jewish man and his family are put into a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The movie gives an inside look at the horrors the Jews were faced with during the Holocaust. ?Life Is Beautiful? should be incorporated into a unit on the Holocaust in schools because it shows everything the Jews were faced with, it handles expressing the horrors of the Holocaust without being too graphic, and it would help students get a more personal feeling of what happened to the Jews. ?Life Is Beautiful? gives the audience a vivid look into what happened during the Holocaust. Roberto Benigni plays a very upbeat, carefree bookstore owner.
The movie transforms the endurance and perseverance of a father with his son. Guido’s fervent nature helped him protect his son in the concentration camp. The movie showed the relationship between the father and son in the concentration camp. La Vita E’ Bella was marked with sufferings, but the liberation and the end to the Holocaust was the climax of the film. The movie portrays life lessons; the first part of the movie reveals how true love can set in motion a chain of events. The discrimination in our society was portrayed in the classic movie. Dora was in love with Guido but her family wanted her to marry another man. Their discrimination reminded the audience of the racial struggle we experience in our society. La Vita E Bella started with love and ended with love. La Vita E Bella began with the fun of life; it was indeed a true comedy. The passion in the complementing conversation between the Dora and Guido reveals a classical master act. Eventually, all the love tales ended with the capture of Guido and his son. The comedy entered the second phase of the drama. Each line in the script played into a class act. La Vita E Bella matched a modern movie because the story was not predictable and it carried so much passion and energy. Each segment was enveloped with suspense that provided the audience with a touch of reality. The events of the Holocaust were reinvented for those who could not read it in the history books. The sweet and sour story ended with a powerful liberation of human peace. It reminded us of the earnest desire to have a peaceful world. I liked the film because the story was simple and direct. The fine blend style and act gave the movie a lasting memory. I will recommend this film to anyone who loves a classic act. I will equally recommend the film to those who love comedy. The movie will add fun to the audience and equally remind us how evolution and freedom were long sought.
Paul Tatara, a reviewer for the Cable News Network, wrote that if the point of the film is to deal with the strength of the human spirit, then it should not have been set in a location where such a spirit was so easily destroyed by a single bullet. Is that not the very point, though? In the concentration camp, no one is safe. With every breath of life there comes the more-likely-thannot chance of death, too. That is why the second part of the film is set in the concentration camp (Maslin, Janet, 2016). The human spirit is so easily victimized, and yet it still exists and radiates and protects. Moreover, I would like to bring up a point that I have not yet heard in any review or criticism. Life is Beautiful does not depict the events within the film as they actually happened. Rather, it is discovered at the very end that the entire story was narrated by Giosue, who now is an adult himself. He says, “This is my story. This is the sacrifice my father made. This was his gift to me.” This means that the events depicted are not necessarily reflective of reality. The audience is viewing Giosue’s memories of his father’s actions. Yet another common criticism of this film is that the concentration camp was not fully realized. This is true, and can be seen when looking at two photos, one from the film when Guido and Giosue first enter the barracks and one actually taken in one of the barracks at Auschwitz during its liberation. In the film, the prisoners are all shown decently with proper clothing, and though they seem gaunt, they do not appear as if on the brink of death (Tatara, Paul, 2016).
Given these points, winner of three Oscars including Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and Best Foreign Language Film, La Vita e Bella, remains an intensely challenging contribution to the developing body of films about the holocaust. Witten and directed by Italy’s national treasure, Roberto Benigni, it is a film of two distinct halves that battles through the tragic past to remember the happy times during such misery. A moral and fable, the film stretches the fact that life is sacred, precious and life is indeed beautiful!
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Maslin, Janet. "FILM REVIEW; Giving a Human (and Humorous) Face to Rearing a Boy Under Fascism." The New York Times. The New York Times, 23 Oct. 1998. Web. 4 Dec. 2016.
"Roberto Benigni Defends 'Life' as 'real Love Story'" CNN. Cable News Network, 9 Nov. 1998. Web. 04 Dec. 2016.
Tatara, Paul. "Review: Unbelievable Optimism in 'Life Is Beautiful'" CNN. Cable News Network, 10 Nov. 1998. Web. 21 Nov. 2016.