Life Is Beautiful

Lists: Comedy, Drama, War, Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film Winners, Best Picture nominee 1990 to 1999, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief 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."

Overall Ranking: 138 (Rank from 1997: # 4)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi97
Thomas Pollock90
Stu Loves Film80(full review)

People Involved

  • Nicoletta Braschi (Dora)
  • Roberto Benigni (Guido Orefice)
  • Giorgio Cantarini (Giosué Orefice)
  • Giustino Durano (Eliseo Orefice)
  • Amerigo Fontani (Rodolfo)
  • Sergio Bini Bustric (Ferruccio)
  • Lidia Alfonsi (Signora Guicciardini)
  • Horst Buchholz (Dottore Lessing)
  • Pietro De Silva (Bartolomeo)
  • Marisa Paredes (Madre di Dora)
  • Giuliana Lojodice (Direttrice)
  • Francesco Guzzo (Vittorino)
  • Roberto Benigni (Director)