Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful Essay

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The Film "Life is Beautiful"

In the movie 'Life Is Beautiful', a Jewish man and his family are put into a concentration camp during the Holocaust. The movie gives an inside look at the horrors the Jews were faced with during the Holocaust. ?Life Is Beautiful? should be incorporated into a unit on the Holocaust in schools because it shows everything the Jews were faced with, it handles expressing the horrors of the Holocaust without being too graphic, and it would help students get a more personal feeling of what happened to the Jews.

?Life Is Beautiful? gives the audience a vivid look into what happened during the Holocaust. Roberto Benigni plays a very upbeat, carefree bookstore owner. His wife, who is not Jewish, and his
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Even though the movie shows the concentration camps and the horrors that the Jews experienced, it does it in a way that would be appealing to all audiences. It isn?t too graphic that some students would not enjoy the movie. Benigni never shows anyone in the concentration camps being beaten, but makes it clear that it happens by word of mouth of the prisoners. He incorporates the crematory and makes it sound like a horrible place, but never shows anyone being put into the furnace. This way, the audience can be aware that the crematory was a horror, but never have to actually witness it first-hand. This would make it so that all audiences can watch the movie and still get the full effect of what went on in the concentration camps.

?Life Is Beautiful? shows one family?s experience in the concentration camp. Benigni makes the audience fall in love with the main character in the beginning by letting them see the way his life was and how truly happy he was. He shows him falling in love with a Christian woman and having an upbeat, curious little boy. By doing this, the audience experiences the sadness that the characters felt in the movie when they are separated. The audience feels sad when his Christian wife is separated from her family even though she wasn?t supposed to be at the camp in the first place. They also feel fear when his son has to hide every day from the Jews so that he won?t be taken to the furnace. At the end of the movie, when
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