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In this WW II tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman [[Performer~P81377~Roberto Benigni~robertobenigni]] (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a Tuscan town, where he is entranced by schoolteacher Dora ([[Performer~P8136~Nicoletta Braschi~nicolettabraschi]], Benigni's real-life wife). Dora likes Guido, but she remains faithful to her pompous fiancé, so Guido has an uphill struggle. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes lead to attacks against Guido's Jewish uncle ([[Performer~P208185~Giustino Durano~giustinodurano]]). Leaping ahead to five years later, during WW II, Guido and Dora are married and have a son Giosue ([[Performer~P232234~Giorgio Cantarini~giorgiocantarini]]). After they are imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of their situation. He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an armored tank -- so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as necessary for participation in the contest. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:October 22, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Simona Paggi Best Editing 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vincenzo Cerami Best Original Screenplay 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicola Piovani Best Dramatic Score 1998 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Roberto Benigni Best Actor 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roberto Benigni Best Actor 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roberto Benigni Best Foreign Language Film 1998 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Roberto Benigni Best Actor - Runner-up 1998 Winner
Directors Guild of America Roberto Benigni Best Director 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roberto Benigni Best Original Screenplay 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roberto Benigni Best Director 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elda Ferri Best Picture 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gianluigi Braschi Best Picture 1998 Nominee

Cast

Roberto Benigni
as Guido
Nicoletta Braschi
as Dora
Giustino Durano
as Uncle
Sergio Bustric
as Ferruccio
Marisa Paredes
as Dora's Mother
Horst Buchholz
as Dr. Lessing
Lydia Alfonsi
as Guicciardini
Giuliana Lojodice
as Headmistress
Giorgio Cantarini
as Giosue

Crew

Roberto Benigni
Director
Elda Ferri
Producer
Gianluigi Braschi
Producer
Vincenzo Cerami
Screenwriter
Roberto Benigni
Screenwriter
Tonino Delli Colli
Cinematographer
Nicola Piovani
Composer (Music Score)
Simona Paggi
Editor
Danilo Donati
Art Director
Mario Cotone
Executive Producer
Danilo Donati
Costume Designer
Tullio Morganti
Sound/Sound Designer
Gianni Arduini
First Assistant Director
Shaila Rubin
Casting
Mario Cotone
Line Producer
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