So i spent the night in recently and watched a movie called La Vita È Bella. I first watched this movie in my english class in secondary school. Our teacher, Mrs. Fogarty was one of my favourites and this movie has been one of my favourites ever since. I realise this is a fashion blog and this movie doesn't have much by the way of fashion but what it does have is an eye-opening story.
The movie is set in 1930s Italy. Guido, the main character, is a jewish book keeper who falls in love with Dora, a teacher. Its love at first sight for Guido and this is the start of a fairy tale life he has been dreaming about. Guido and Dora have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by nazi German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp once getting captured, Guido pretends that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank after scoring 1000 points in good behaviour within the camp.
The movie's italian cast is marvellous, and their chemistry throughout is amazing. It really is a credit to them. Roberto Benigni, who plays Guido, also directs the movie and is married to his onscreen love, Nicoletta Braschi. After this movie, Benigni was nominated for seven Academy Awards and was the first actor to win a Best Actor Oscar for a non-English speaking role.
Guido is wonderfully romantic and his humour throughout the movie is fantastic, this humour is what must protect his son in a Nazi death camp.
The little boy who plays Joshua is the cutest thing. My whole 5th year class fell in love with him from the second he appeared on screen.
The script of the movie is fantastic.
"Guido: You can't imagine how much I feel like making love to you. But I'll never tell anyone, especially not you. They'd have to torture me to make me say it.
Dora: Say what?
Guido: That I want to make love to you - not just once, but over and over again! But I'll never tell you that. I'd have to be crazy to tell you. I'd even make love to you now... right here for the rest of my life."
Guido's first line to Dora is "Buongiorno, Principessa!" Meaning Good Morning, Princess and this is the catch phrase throughout. And thrust me, you will be saying this line for weeks afterwards.
Go check it out, I know sometimes subtitles can be a horror... But this movie is defiantly worth it. Getting an 8.5 out of 10 on IMBD it is a big deal and that should be enough to tell you to go see it.
**********... 10 stars.... Go, rent it, borrow it from a friend, buy it, just see it!!