Throughout history people consider their family as their everything. For Family it’s about showing unconditional love; it means that no matter what you’re in it together, and till the end. Life is Beautiful is a story about a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces.
In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank. In this film Guido outlines the theme of family very successfully. The plot, acting and other elements in the film do impact the theme muchly. Guido is seen as loving, humorous, encouraging father figure who will do anything for his son and wife. The plot of the film He ultimate sacrifice by giving his life while trying to protect his family.
Before this happens though, there are many examples of how the main characters make sacrifices for their family members. Some of these are Dora sacrificing her own lifestyle and safety in order to be with those she loves, twice, Guido sacrificing his own health and safety to ensure his son is safe and Guido taking risks throughout his time at the concentration camp to let his wife know he and Joshua were alive and safe After they are imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of their situation.
He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an armored tank — so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as necessary for participation in the contest La Vita e bellaThis is one of those movies that have a lasting effect on you. After watching it, I found that it has less to do with the Holocaust and more to do with the human feelings and the beautiful relationship of a father and his son. The holocaust provides the ultimate context, that brings and highlights the story and adds yet another deep dimension to the movie.
No such piece of art has ever before combined laughter and tears of sadness in me before and that is the miracle of the movie. The realism of the movie is not its strong point, but then again it is not supposed to be; this helps in bringing the audiences to a state of mind away from reality, focusing on the feelings generated by forgetting about all external events and developments of the war. Despite that, the movie does not fail to point out an element of the nazi psychology demonstrated by the doctor who was obsessed with riddles.
This portrayed the nazi ‘state of mind’ (if ever such an expression existed) as a sick mentally disturbed state. Life is really beautiful as you watch Guido’s relentless efforts to make a lovely exciting experience of the concentration camp to his son. You get exhausted just watching him going through his painful day and yet you smile as he speaks to his son and makes him laugh. One can go on forever describing the creativity of this movie, but one will not be able to capture all its beauty in writing Dora, who had not been picked up for deportation, chooses to board the train anyway in order to be with her family.
When the train unloads at a camp, Guido and Joshua are separated from Dora. It is at this camp that Guido convinces Joshua they are to play a game. The game consists of 1,000 points and the winner gets a real military tank. The rules are made up as time goes on. The only one that is fooled is Joshua, not the audience, nor Guido. The effort and love that emanated from Guido are the messages relayed by the movie – not that the game would save your life.
The conditions were real, and though the brutality was not shown as directly as in Schindler’s List, it was still very much there. My Opinion In conclusion, I must say that I think Roberto Benigni (the writer, director, and actor) created a masterpiece that touches your heart – not only do your cheeks hurt from smiling/laughing, but your eyes burn from the tears. As Benigni himself stated, “… I am a comedian and my way is not to show directly. Just to evoke. This to me was wonderful, the balance to comedy with the tragedy. “*