Robert Benigni Movie Analysis

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As human beings, we tend to know and discover what life really is. One thing I know, each one of us has his/her own definition of the word “life” such as this movie directed, starred and created by him, Robert Benigni. This is a story of some of the horrors of the Holocaust which includes a unique, almost lighthearted element, something beyond the material reality that on its face is so horrible. Benigni 's willingness to use comedy to underscore the evils of fascism is undoubtedly shocking, but it is extremely effective in conveying Benigni 's firm belief that beauty and light can be found even in the most horrible of places.

In 1939, Jewish-Italian Guido Orefice comes into Arezzo, Italy, ultimately to open a book store. In the meantime,
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The protagonist’ Guido Orefice wonderfully played by the director and co-writer of this movie himself, Robert Benigni.Benigni is a notably physical comedian with seemingly limitless stores of energy. Roberto Benigni 's character is carefree, reckless, mischievous, yet good natured and every bit the loving father and husband. Benigni 's performance is stellar, and it 's the gradual destruction of this uninhibited, innocent soul that is at the core of the movie 's message. The chemistry between Benigni and Braschi, who happens to Benigni 's real-life wife, is excellent. I actually found this to be a fine film, but weightless. It makes a statement about love and humor conquering all, but it is not a tested proposition. Yes, Benigni is still able to act as a clown to keep his son alive and believing, but there was never any indication in the film that he could not act as a clown. There is little evidence in the film that his character changes with circumstance that he is not compulsively the way he is. There is then no doubt that love and humor will conquer in this film: they simply exist and continue to exist, unchallenged by any real…show more content…
Some of the best moments that follow are echoes of The Great Dictator, in which Chaplin ridiculed fascism. Unfortunately, the worst moments reminded me of a justly forgotten Jerry Lewis comedy from 1972, The Day the Clown Cried, about a clown whose job was to entertain Jewish children on their way to the gas chambers.
I can well understand why anyone might be offended by Benigni 's portrait of a concentration camp. The brutality, racism and hopelessness are all underplayed. The prisoners don 't even look very underfed.

But it 's all part of Benigni 's grand design. He has to soften the realities of the concentration camp slightly, or there could be no laughter. Sophisticated audiences will realize that Benigni - like his hero - is playing an elaborate game with us. He is asking us to go along with him, and suspend our disbelief.
The reason for the film 's huge success is that it works marvellously as a romantic, comic allegory about the resilience of the human spirit, about how people use humour to save them from going mad in the face of horror.
Most of all, it is a moving portrayal of fatherly affection. It reminds us of a time when parents worked harder than they do today to preserve their
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