Life Is Beautiful (La vita e bella)

Opening Date:

October 23, 1998


Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini


Roberto Benigni


Drama, Comedy

Run Time:

1 hr. 54 min.

MPAA Rating:

PG13 for holocaust-related thematic elements


The film is a Chaplinesque fable about the power of imagination set against the stark reality of World War II Europe. The film combines satire, physical comedy, social commentary and a touch of the surreal into a uniquely moving story of love. At the center of the fable is Guido, an enchanting individual with childlike innocence and grand dreams of owning his own book shop. It's 1939, and he has come to the Tuscan town of Arrezzo with his poet friend Ferruccio. With unabashed humor and joy, the two seek fortune and romance, ignoring the growing anti-Semitism and Fascist government that surrounds them. Guido falls in love with Dora, a beautiful young school teacher, and a fairy tale romance ensues.