Mar 8, 2013
Roberto Benigni's finest hour arrived in 1997 when the triple-threat writer/director/actor delved deep into Charlie Chaplin territory - see "The Great Dictator" (1940).
Aug 20, 2009
The film's title, which very well could have been a straightforward declaration prior to the war, becomes a source of twisted irony once we witness Guido pull down the grate outside his humble bookshop and the words JEWISH STORE are seen sprayed across th
Mar 11, 2008
With Life Is Beautiful, the final frontier of schmaltz has been reached.
Jan 26, 2007
Sentimental and contrived, Benigni's well-intentioned Holocaust dramedy may only work as a children's fable. Inexplicably, it won a prize at the 1998 Cannes Festival.
Mar 22, 2006
Benigni does with the Nazi setting what Chaplin didn't dare in The Great Dictator--he lets the liberating nonsense triumph.
Dec 6, 2005
Dec 6, 2005
Jul 1, 2004
Benigni's point, made with tender sensitivity, is that a child's innocence is worth protecting.
Jan 28, 2004
Aug 11, 2003
This cross between Schindler's List and Hogan's Heroes works better than it has any right to, but not as well as most people would have you believe.