Life Is Beautiful ★★★½

The film was called "a Chaplinesque WWII fable". I'd stick with that description, making clear that it is nowhere near the style of The Great Dictator (1940). The final result is surprisingly good and because of its heartbreaking and patriotically inspirational nature, it is not so weird to see that it is considered among the best foreign films ever made (haha...). It has some brilliant moments and the message is clear without being exaggeratedly melodramatic, but seems like Italy tried to copy the nature of Hollywoodesque Holocaust themes. Nice experience, nonetheless, which brings nice childhood memories to my mind, especially because it was the first foreign film I saw that opened my mind to look for other countries in cinema... and I was only 12.


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