7/10

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Runtime: 116 min

Genres: Drama | Romance | War

Languages: English | German | Italian

Countries: Italy


The film is a Chaplinesque fable about the power of imagination set against the stark reality of World War II Europe. The film combines satire, physical comedy, social commentary and a touch of the surreal into a uniquely moving story of love. At the center of the fable is Guido, an enchanting individual with childlike innocence and grand dreams of owning his own book shop. It's 1939, and he has come to the Tuscan town of Arrezzo with his poet friend Ferruccio. With unabashed humor and joy, the two seek fortune and romance, ignoring the growing anti-Semitism and Fascist government that surrounds them. Guido falls in love with Dora, a beautiful young school teacher, and a fairy tale romance ensues.



Directors (1)

Writers (2)

Roberto Benigni (story and screenplay)
Vincenzo Cerami (story and screenplay) &

Composers (1)

Editors (1)

Cinematographers (1)

Tonino Delli Colli (director of photography)

Actors (52)

Aaron Craig U.S. Tank Soldier
Alessandra Grassi Teacher
Alfiero Falomi King
Amerigo Fontani Rodolfo
Andrea Nardi Tappezziere
Andrea Tidona Grand Hotel Doorman
Antonio Fommei School Janitor
Antonio Prester Bruno (as Nino Prester)
Carlotta Mangione Eleonora
Claudio Alfonsi Amico Rodolfo
Concetta Lombardo Gigliola
Cristiana Porchiella Old-Maid Teacher
Daniela Fedke German Auxilliary
Dirk K. van den Berg German Soldier (as Dirk Karsten van den Berg)
Ennio Consalvi General Graziosi
Ernst Frowein Holger German Sergeant
Francesca Messinese Woman at the Opera
Francesco Guzzo Vittorino
Franco Mescolini School Inspector
Giancarlo Cosentino Ernesto - Waiter
Gil Baroni Prefect
Gina Rovere Governante Dora
Giorgio Cantarini Giosué Orefice
Giovanna Villa City Hall Secretary
Giuliana Lojodice School Principal
Giustino Durano Eliseo Orefice
Günther Pfanzelter German Soldier
Hannes Hellmann German Corporal
Horst Buchholz Doctor Lessing (as Horst Bucholz)
Inger Lise Middelthon German Auxilliary
James Schindler Tedesco - German Guard
Jürgen Bohn German Orderly at Party (as Jurgen Bohn)
Laura Susanne Ruedeberg German Auxilliary
Lidia Alfonsi Guicciardini
Margarita Lucia Krauss Female Soldier at Children's Dinner
Maria Letizia Woman #2 at Grand Hotel
Maria Rita Macellari Queen
Marisa Paredes Madre di Dora
Massimo Bianchi Man with Key
Massimo Salvianti Bookstore Polceman
Nicoletta Braschi Dora
Omero Antonutti Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Patrizia Lazzarini Woman #1 at Grand Hotel
Pietro De Silva Bartolomeo
Raffaella Lebboroni Elena
Richard Sammel German Lieutenant at Station
Robert Camero German Executioner
Roberto Benigni Guido Orefice
Sergio Bini Bustric Ferruccio Papini (as Sergio Bustric)
Stefano Frangipani Card Player
Verena Buratti German Auxilliary
Wolfgang Hillinger German Major at Party