Examples Of Comedy In Life Is Beautiful

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Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful, is a film that is set in a concentration camp and combines comedy with the seriousness of the extermination of the Jews in Nazi Germany. Benigni’s task in making this film was significant, by taking a tremendous risk, making a “comedy about the Holocaust.” And the fact that he pulled it off so well, despite the expected controversy it has aroused in some quarters, is downright miraculous. Benigni initially accesses the emotions of his audience through simple comedy. And the film is a comic attack on Fascism.
The film’s plot structure can be divided into two parts. The first half of Life Is Beautiful is basically a slapstick comedy. This part has been seen by many critics as being inferior to the second, …show more content…

First, Guido continually responds to the particular situations that present themselves, and this explains why this is not, strictly speaking, a film about the Holocaust. A good example of this continued responsiveness is Guido’s incredibly quick “translation” of the German officer’s rules to adapt to the story he has invented for his son. Guido does not know German. But, for the sake of the story of the game, he comes forward to translate into Italian the Nazi guard’s German instructions.
Guido: The game starts now. Whoever’s here is here, whoever’s not is not.
The first one to get a thousand points wins. The prize is a tank!
Everyday we’ll announce who’s in the lead from that loudspeaker.
The one with the least points has to wear a sign saying “jackass” …. right here on his back.
We play the part of the real mean guys who yell. Whoever’s scared loses points.
You’ll lose your points for three things.
One, if you cry.
Two, if you want to see your mommy.
Three, if you’re hungry and you want a snack.
Forget about it!
It’s easy to lose points for being hungry.
Just yesterday I lost points….
Because I absolutely had to have a jam sandwich.
Don’t ask for any lollipops. You won’t get any.
We eat them all!
I ate of them yesterday!
Sorry if I’m going so fast, but I’am playing hide and …show more content…

He uses this to keep up his commitment, and this explains his never despairing at the sight of so much suffering around him. Guido displays this faith throughout the second half of the film, and the hope that his son has the possibility of surviving on the last night allows him to march to his own death without losing his identity and therefore without falling into despair. Guido does not cry because he believes, because he has faith, that he will succeed in helping his son live even though he has no real reason to believe either of them will survive. His faith is not in some future salvation but in the present moment.
Third, and most important, Benigni’s commitment allows him to do whatever is possible for the higher cause of easing his son’s suffering. He is not bound by the ethical principle of always telling the truth. You could say Benigni is a liar, he makes up a story just to hide the truth from his son; or you could say he shows insensitivity to those around him, being insensitive to those who suffered and died in the Holocaust. He certainly seems to depict the Holocaust in an unrealistic picture of the atrocities committed by the Germans in World War

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