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Life is Beautiful, But Not for Jews: Another View of the Film by Benigni (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series) Hardcover – 29 Sep 2003

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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press; 1 edition (29 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810848759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810848757
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,388,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Niv's book is an amazing text that presents its reader with a brilliant analysis, a book that blows your mind. In my opinion it should be required reading.--Dudi Ben-Aroya "Ma'ariv "

A brilliant argument...Kobi Niv mordantly deconstructs the secret of the box-office success of Roberto Benigni and his film.--Meir Schnitzer "Sofshavua "

A thought-provoking book...[it] has fascinating things to say about filmmaking in general as a way for Western culture to bleach the moral stain of the Holocaust.--Orit Prague "Books and Literature Weekly Review "

This book is not only a thorough study of the subterranean prejudices in Benigni's celebrated film, but a brilliant, penetrating "screening" of the cinematic language in general, and of how an "innocent," "well-meaning" comedy can easily become a vehicle for dangerous racist stereotypes. I read it with fascination - it is a splendid book.--Amos Oz, internationally renowned author and essayist

About the Author

Kobi Niv is head of screenwriting studies at the Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University, and teaches scriptwriting at the Department of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and at the Film Department of the School of Arts at Beit Berl College. In addition to writing for several Israeli newspapers and television comedy programs, he has also authored feature films, award winning plays, children's books, and books on scriptwriting and film analysis.

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