Every Friday throughout the summer, we’ll be posting a movie that someone on our staff has picked as their favorite Miramax film. While the summer blockbusters invade the theaters, consider watching one of the staff picks over the weekend instead. Today, two of our Executive Assistants chose Life is Beautiful. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, winning Best Music, Best Actor, and Best Foreign Film.
Guido is a charming, bumbling Jewish waiter whose colorful imagination and playful spirit help him to woo a beautiful schoolteacher. The couple marries and has a young son, but before long their idyllic world is threatened by Nazi soldiers who force the family into a concentration camp. Guido must now use his imagination again.
Life is Beautiful is my absolute favorite movie. It is timeless. I cry every time. I’m always touched by how Guido sacrifices so much for his son, Joshua. Guido’s humor and undying love for his son and Dora, his wife, is remarkable. How Guido can make a fun ‘game’ for Joshua out of a horrible experience is always inspiring to me. Guido is the ultimate example of a great father. This movie makes me appreciate my family, especially my son, a little more each time I watch.
- It's the eve of Giosué's birthday, and as animosity towards Jews continues to mount, it's all Guido can do to keep Giosué blissfully unaware of any problems. In this scene: Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), Giosué Orefice (Giorgio Cantarini), Madre di Dora (Marisa Paredes)
- An evening full of heaven-sent coincidences bring Dora and Guido closer together. In this scene: Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), Doctor Lessing (Horst Buchholz), Madre di Dora (Marisa Paredes)
One man’s vivid imagination and undying love for his wife and son during one of the most horrific times in our world’s history, shows just how precious and beautiful life can be. It is when we face harsh obstacles and painful experiences, that the power of the human spirit becomes clear. Never lose hope, fight for what you hold dear, and you may find a freedom you never thought possible.
- Guido arrives in the city of Arezzo with enthusiasm, but despite his charm and efforts, he's having trouble opening his bookstore. In this scene: Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni)
- At the restaurant, Guido serves a late-night diner from Rome who gives him an unexpected tip. In this scene: Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), Doctor Lessing (Horst Bucholz)