1939, Arezzo. Where the clownish Guido arrives in the town of Arezzo. Dreaming of opening a bookshop, he finds temporary work as a waiter and begins to woo blushing schoolteacher Dora who’s engaged to the local Fascist official.
The two lovers marry and have an adorable child Giosué, but then several years later the family are deported to a German-run concentration camp. There the father pretends to his son that the brutal conditions and screaming guards are part of an elaborate and bizarre game where points are awarded for good behaviour and first prize is a tank.
John M. Davis
La Vita è Bella
La vie est belle
Life Is Beautiful