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Life is Beautiful – Roberto Benigni – Official Trailer

Life is Beautiful – Roberto Benigni – Official Trailer

Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 film about an Italian Jew – Guido – who helps his son survive the Holocaust by pretending it is all a game. The film leads us from the relatively normal existence Guido had before the war, during which he worked for his uncle, Eliseo; met his wife, Dora; and had a son, Joshua (Giosué). Then leaps forward into the persecution during the second world war followed by the incarceration in a German concentration camp, where the young Joshua is kept from the horror of the Holocaust by the promise that if he plays the game, he will earn a real tank.

The film is in Italian (although some lines are in German or English), and its original title is La vita è bella. The following quotes are taken from the official English subtitles.

Joshua: “No Jews or Dogs Allowed.” Why do all the shops say, “No Jews Allowed”? Guido: Oh, that. “Not Allowed” signs are the latest trend! …The other day, I was in a shop with my Chinese friend and his pet kangaroo, but their sign said, “No Chinese or Kangaroos Allowed,” and I said to my friend, “Well, what can I do? They don’t allow kangaroos.” Joshua: We let everyone in our shop, don’t we? Guido: Well, tomorrow, we’ll put one up. We won’t let in anything we don’t like. What don’t you like? Joshua: Spiders. Guido: Good. I don’t like Visigoths. Tomorrow, we’ll get sign: “No Spiders or Visigoths Allowed.”

Guido: The prize is… the prize is… Eliseo: A tank. Guido: Yes! Yes, the prize is a tank. Joshua: I already have one. Guido: No, a real one. Joshua: A real tank?

Guido (pretending to translate for the guard):The game starts now. You have to score one thousand points. If you do that, you take home a tank with a big gun. Each day we will announce the scores from that loudspeaker. The one who has the fewest points will have to wear a sign that says “Jackass” on his back. You’ll lose points for any one of three things: One, If you cry. Two, If you want to see your Mommy. Three, if you’re hungry and want a snack! Forget it! Guido (pretending to translate for the guard): We play the part of the real mean guys who yell… Sorry if I’m going so fast, but I’m playing hide and seek. Guido (to Giosue): I told you we’re going to have fun. Joshua (watching his uncle being sent to the gas chamber): Where is Uncle going? Guido: Uh… oh, he’s playing on a different team. Goodbye, Uncle! Joshua: Goodbye, Uncle.

Guido: Did you play with the other kids? Joshua: Yes, but they don’t know the rules. They said it isn’t true that the first prize is a tank. They don’t know anything about points. Guido: 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!

Joshua: Daddy, I cannot find any of the other kids, and a lady came telling me to take a shower. Guido: That’s a good idea. You go take a shower. Joshua: No! Guido: Go take a shower! Joshua: No!

Joshua (to his father): I don’t believe you.

Joshua: They turn us into buttons and soap. Guido: Who told you that? Joshua: An old man was crying. He said they turn us into buttons and soap. Guido: You fell for that? Again? I thought you were a sharp boy – cunning, intelligent. Buttons and soap out of people? That’ll be the day!

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