Every Friday throughout the summer, well 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.

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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.

Sylvia 2 - MMX 0911Sylvia Lopez

Life is Beautiful is my absolute favorite movie. It is timeless. I cry every time. Im always touched by how Guido sacrifices so much for his son, Joshua. Guidos 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.

Pic 2Abigail Collins

One mans vivid imagination and undying love for his wife and son during one of the most horrific times in our worlds 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.

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