Life is Beautiful

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Does this man really think the Holocaust was a big joke?

When the concentration-camp comedy Life Is Beautiful won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes last year, its director and star threw his arms around Martin Scorsese, the head of the jury. Then, accepting the Best Actor and Best Film gongs at November's European Film Awards, Roberto Benigni expressed a desire "to jump naked in front of E-VERY-BUUH-DY". He's demonstrative, even by his own country's standards.

29, Jan, 1999 @8:20 PM

Does this man really think the Holocaust was a big joke?

When the concentration-camp comedy Life Is Beautiful won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes last year, its director and star threw his arms around Martin Scorsese, the head of the jury. Then, accepting the Best Actor and Best Film gongs at November's European Film Awards, Roberto Benigni expressed a desire "to jump naked in front of E-VERY-BUUH-DY". He's demonstrative, even by his own country's standards.

29, Jan, 1999 @7:19 PM

Israeli triumph for Italian Holocaust film

It had the makings of an all-time cinematic disaster. A romantic comedy about the Holocaust made by an Italian gentile was to be screened at, of all places, the Jerusalem Film Festival. But Roberto Benigni's film, Life is Beautiful, has been the surprise hit of the summer, provoking a rethink of Israeli taboos.

By Julian Borger in Jerusalem

17, Jul, 1998 @9:55 PM

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