Life Is Beautiful

20 December 1997116 min,

An unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all.


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.

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Cast & Crew


Tonino Delli Colli

Director of Photography


Giovanni Corridori

Special Effects





Nicola Piovani


Costume & Make-Up

Danilo Donati

Costume Design


Danilo Donati

Art Direction

Fun Facts of Movie

  • Roberto Benigni says the title comes from a quote by Lev Trotskiy. In exile in Mexico, knowing he was about to be killed by Iosif Stalin’s assassins, he saw his wife in the garden and wrote that, in spite of everything, “life is beautiful”.
  • Guido’s wife, Dora, is played by Roberto Benigni‘s real-life wife, Nicoletta Braschi.
  • Roberto Benigni‘s Oscar for best actor marked only the second time that an actor had directed himself in an Academy Award winning performance. The other was Sir Laurence Olivier for Hamlet (1948).
  • Roberto Benigni was so excited to receive his Academy Award for Best Foreign Film that he stood up in his chair and leaped across several more chairs to get to the stage. Benigni made such a comical impression with his enthusiasm accepting his awards that when he appeared on stage in the next year’s Academy Award’s ceremony to present the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the show’s host, Billy Crystal, playfully appeared behind him with a large butterfly net, seemingly ready to restrain Benigni if he got silly again.
  • Roberto Benigni‘s Oscar win for Best Actor was the second time a performance completely in Italian had been awarded. The previous winner was Sophia Loren for Two Women (1960).
  • After Z (1969), this is the second film to be nominated by the Academy for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film.
  • In Italian, the answer to the “Snow White” riddle is seven “minuti” – a play on words between “minutes” and “dwarves”.
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