Giustino Durano, Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni, Sergio Bini Bustric
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'LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL' combines satire, physical comedy, social commentary and a touch of the surreal into a uniquely moving story of love. At the center of the fable is Guido - an enchanting individual with childlike innocence and grand dreams of owning his own bookshop. It's 1939 and he has come to the Tuscan town of Arezzo with his poet friend Ferruccio. With unabashed humor and joy, the two seek fortune and romance, ignoring the growing anti-Semitism and Fascist government that surrounds them. Guido falls in love with Dora, a beautiful young school teacher. Unfortunately, she is already engaged to the local Fascist officer with whom Guido has already had a run-in. Guido, however, is not deterred and a fairy-tale romance ensues. Several years later - Guido and Dora are married, have a son and Guido has finally opened the bookshop of his dreams. But now, the occasional bigotries Guido once ignored have become Racial Laws with which he must come to terms. Throughout it all, Guido determines to shield his son from the brutal reality governing their lives. This determination becomes a matter of life and death when Guido and his son are sent to a concentration camp three months before the war's end. Of her own accord, and out of love for them, Dora deports herself on the same train. Now in this unimaginable world, Guido must use his bold imagination and every ounce of his defatigable spirit to save those he loves.