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Happy Twenty-fifth Anniversary, “Life Is Beautiful!”

Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, who co-wrote the film with Vincenzo Cerami. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian bookshop owner, who employs his imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. The film was partially inspired by the book In the End, I Beat Hitler by Rubino Romeo Salmonì and by Benigni’s father, who spent two years in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II.

People scoffed, but Oscars were bestowed, and I don’t care: I love this movie and always will.