King Guido Essay

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King Guido and His Sacrifice Roberto Benigni is a man of many talents: his greatest being the gift of laughter. He co-wrote and starred in the 1997 Award Winning, Italian movie, Life is Beautiful (La Vita è Bella in Italian), a film that will forever be remembered. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a man whose features are comical, rather than handsome, but he fits the part of Guido, a part that Brad Pitt could never master because Hollywood looks for Brad Pitt: talent looks for Benigni. The nose, the eyes, the hair, the smile, the talent. This is all part of Guido's charm. In the beginning of the movie, we are introduced to Guido and his traveling partner, neither more serious than the other. When their car breaks down, Guido meets his "princess" Dora, and his fate is set. Here enters the love story of two people, fated to be with each other, whether in a time of peace or a time of war. Guido is a Jewish waiter, who moves into his uncle's house while he tries to open his own bookstore and woo Dora, a schoolteacher. Their romance is a delight to watch, as Guido secretly sets up each of their encounters. This is perhaps one of the greatest love scenes in recent movies, troubled periodically by the hints of violence to come. Once Dora and Guido consummate their marriage, five happy years pass by with their son Giosué. In the beginning, he acts too old for a five year old, but as the film continues, he plays the part extremely well. Guido never lets his son be touched by the prejudice that the German's show towards them. As Guido and Giosué, along with their uncle, are taken to the concentration camps, the protective father figure stands out in Guido's actions to shield his son from the hatred the Germans feel towards the Jews....

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