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Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

An unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all.
Dec 20, 1997 1h 56m
8.5
8861 votes

Synopsis

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

Title Life Is Beautiful
Companies Melampo Cinematografica, Miramax, StudioCanal
Countries Italy
Keywords italy, riddle, loss of loved one, bookshop, self sacrifice, mass murder, concentration camp, fascism, world war ii, love of one's life, deportation, jew persecution, nazi, national socialism, charade, riding a bicycle, story teller, concentration camp prisoner, dying and death
Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni

Guido Orefice
Giorgio Cantarini

Giorgio Cantarini

Giosué Orefice
Giustino Durano

Giustino Durano

Eliseo Orefice
Lidia Alfonsi

Lidia Alfonsi

Signora Guicciardini
Horst Buchholz

Horst Buchholz

Dottore Lessing
Marisa Paredes

Marisa Paredes

Madre di Dora
Adelaide Alaïs

Adelaide Alaïs

German Auxilliary
Verena Buratti

Verena Buratti

German Auxilliary
Hannes Hellmann

Hannes Hellmann

German Corporal
Wolfgang Hillinger

Wolfgang Hillinger

German Major at Party
Gina Rovere

Gina Rovere

Dora's Maid
Richard Sammel

Richard Sammel

German Lieutenant at Station
Andrea Tidona

Andrea Tidona

Grand Hotel Doorman
Omero Antonutti

Omero Antonutti

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)