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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical masterpiece, 27 Nov. 2001
This review is from: Life is Beautiful [VHS] [1997] [1999] (VHS Tape)
What a great shame that foreign films do not get the acclaim that they truly deserve. The problem with us Brits is that we are brainwashed into thinking that should a film not come out of Hollywood, then it surely can't be worth watching....can it? Roberto Benigni's masterpiece (which I truly believe in years to come will go down in film history as one of the all-time greats) is set in Italy against the back-drop of WWII, the Holocaust and a fathers determination to shield his naive and simplistic young son from the horrors of it all. The film is a roller coaster of emotions and in the space of 5 minutes it can make you laugh out loud, cry in despair and then cry for joy. Any film that can do that is a film worth watching. The dialogue is stunning as is the acting and forget the fact that it is in Italian with subtitles, it was the way the film was meant to be. If you love good films and belive in life outside the Hollywood glitz, go on....treat yourself to a true classic.
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2009 15:57:49 BDT
Dear Mr Saunders,
Please do not make sweeping generalisations. I for one find little to admire in modern Hollywood's output, however, people get what they deserve, and desire. If rubbish is churned out, then it is because 'Joe Public' demands it, Hollywood is not a charitable institution, nor, I venture, is it the kind of institution either of us would care to inhabit.

Posted on 26 Sep 2009 04:43:01 BDT
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