Film Analysis Of The Movie Life Is Beautiful

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Ever since the Holocaust happened there has been a variety of movies and books portraying this massive genocide that changed individuals’ lives. One of these movies that portrays the Holocaust is Life is Beautiful that was directed and acted by Roberto Benigni in 1997. This particular film won Oscar awards and it’s unlike any other Holocaust movies because of its drama, romance, and comedic genre. It tells the story of a man named Guido that comes to Arezzo, Italy and works as a waiter for his uncle Eliseo. Guido falls in love with Dora, a school teacher who he calls “Princess” each time he sees her. Eventually, Guido is able to charm Dora despite her being engaged. Five years later they have a son named Giosuè, but at this point in time…show more content…
Likewise, both stories have their similarities, but they also have their differences in the way they survived the Holocaust. Life is beautiful and Maus have a common motif of a Father and Son relationship because the stories humanizes these individuals. In a scene, Guido has came back from doing hard labor and asks his son if he had played with other kids, but Giosue tells him that they didn’t know about the game or the points. Guido answers by saying, “Did you fall for that? They're as sly as foxes. They want to beat you! Are you joking? There's no tank? Don't you believe them! How many points did we get today?Fifty. Forty-eight. They took two points away from me because... I tripped while I was... playing hopscotch” (Benigni 43). This particular scene demonstrates how Guido tries to keep his son’s innocence by constantly blinding him from the harsh reality they are in. As a father, it is hard for him to lie about the camp, so he wants Giosue to think that those kids are trying to trick him so he can lose. He shows desperation to keep his son alive and says to him that he lost some points because of playing hopscotch, making the game seem realistic. He not only creates the game to keep his son innocence but to also keep him alive. The purpose of the game is to win a huge tank while those who lose are sent home. But in reality the losers end up dead, as for the winner, wins a chance at life. The
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