Essay on Life Is Beautiful By Roberto Benigni

1648 Words Apr 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Life is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian film that was directed and starred in by Roberto Benigni. This film portrays the intertwining lives of a Jewish male named Guido (Benigni) and an Italian female named Dora (Nicoletta Braschi). Set in Italy during World War 2, Benigni’s film brings to the forefront the matter of discrimination and hatred spewed at Jews in a comedic manner. Utilizing his comedic strength, Benigni is able to address the touchy topic while ironically limiting the Nazi aggression within the film.

The film begins by introducing Guido as a rather humorous individual travelling to the city side to live along with his uncle, working as a waiter at his restaurant. During the travel, Guido happens upon Dora, a beautiful teacher from the city. While living in the city, Guido manages to run into Dora on several occasions, each one carrying its own humor. Falling deeply in love, Guido proposes to Dora to leave her unhappy and forced lifestyle behind to embark on one with him that will carry many more freedoms and ultimate happiness. Little would she know that this one decision would carry great responsibility.

This first part of the film is rather interesting because it carries many direct references at the flawed logic of the Nazi party’s attempt to enact the perfect and pure Aryan race. One of Guido’s ploys to see Dora turns into him lecturing several elementary school students, including teachers, upon the superiority of the Italian race. The principal of the…

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