When World War Two Lost The Oscar: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

In 1998, three of the five films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award were films that dealt with World War Two from three very unique perspectives. Though none of the three would win the Best Picture Oscar, they would all provide differing looks at different aspects of the conflict.

Set in a concentration camp, Italian star Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful told the story of a man trying to shield his son from the horrors around them and became one of the biggest box office hits of the year.

In the first of our three part series looking at each of the three nominated World War Two films, Michael McGonigle takes a look at Life Is Beautiful and draws some opinons that are sharply different than common critical consensus of the film.

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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty-five years experience writing about film and pop culture. He is a member of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle.
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