In 1930s Italy a bumbling Jewish waiter who's gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. But that life is threatened by World War II....
Dubbed into English from Italian. Closed captioned.
"This film is described for people who are blind or have low vision."
Director, Roberto Benigni ; story and screenplay by Vincenzo Cerami and Roberto Benigni ; line producer, Mario Cotone ; producers, Elda Ferri and Gianluigi Braschi ; director of photography, Tonino Delli Colli ; camera operator, Roberto Brega ; production design, costumes, and art direction, Danilo Donati ; special effects, Ditta G. Corridori ; film editor, Simona Paggi ; music by Nicola Piovani ; historical adviser, Marcello Pezzetti. English language version producer, John M. Davis ; director, Rod Dean.
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giutino Durano, Sergio Bustric, Giuliana Lojodice, Amerigo Fontani, Horst Buchholz, Giorgio Cantarini, Marisa Paredes, Pietro De Silva, Francesco Guzzo, Raffaella Lebboroni. English voice cast: Jonathan Nichols, Ilaria Bonnelli, James Falzone, Sam Fontana, Chip Bolcik, Nicholas Kepros, Horst Buchholz.
Originally produced in Italy in 1997 as a motion picture under title: La vita è bella.
VHS format, Dolby surround.
Winner of 1998 Academy Awards for best actor (Benigni), best foreign language film, and best dramatic score.
Consensus: Benigni's earnest charm, when not overstepping its bounds into the unnecessarily treacly, offers the possibility of hope in the face of unflinching horror.
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