Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Life is Beautiful



Pachebel's Canon in D has always been one of my favorite pieces of classical music, and I'm pretty sure this guy is a Texan, with the "tear up your behind" reference and the accent, so he basically had me at hello. (If you can't view the entire video via the embed link here is the direct link).

That song and video captured some of the same wonder/frustration/joy/insecurity that I feel every single day as a parent. It also reminded me of one of my favorite movies. Life is Beautiful shows joy and humor in the midst of everyday situations, even in the tragedy of the Holocaust. If you've never seen it because you fear the subtitles or want to avoid the heartbreaking subject matter, please reconsider and give it a try. When a friend convinced me to see it in the theater, it was the first (and still one of the few) movies I've ever seen with subtitles, and it didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the movie one bit. In fact, when I bought the DVD, I tried to watch the dubbed version and it did not do Roberto Benigni's Oscar-winning- acting justice. Hearing him say, "Buon giorno, Principessa!" exuberantly and impishly does not compare to hearing him say, "Hello, Princess," in a dubbed English. If you have seen it and agree that this is actually a joyful movie, weigh in. For that matter, if you didn't love it, feel free to present that position as well.

What other movies or songs remind you that life is beautiful?

12 comments:

Jen Rouse said...

I totally agree with you, on both the video (My husband and I loved this one so much I almost posted it on my blog when a friend sent it to me last week!), and on the Life Is Beautiful movie. The Italian version is much better, for sure.

Emily said...

Beautiful post. It reminds me of the book The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom...a must-read in my opinion.

Shauna said...

Life Is Beautiful is also one of my favorite movies and is a beautiful portrait of love and sacrifice for one's family. And I rate the first part of the movie as the most delightful romantic comedy ever!

Some of the best movies I've ever seen have been subtitled, so I just don't get others' reluctance to watch foreign films. Dubbing totally ruins the experience for me.

Katrina said...

I'm one of the few people who still hasn't seen Life is Beautiful.

But the YouTube video? Very funny!

Shauna said...

Here's a follow-up to my earlier comment.

I listed some of my favorites on my old blog here. There are several gorgeous martial arts movies listed, but if that's not your style I recommend Children of Heaven, Babette's Feast, The King of Masks, and Shall We Dance? The Color of Paradise and Baran are also good and by the same director as Children of Heaven. Whale Rider and Rabbit Proof Fence aren't technically foreign language films but deal with Aboriginal and Maori cultures. I keep meaning to see Ponette, which I've heard is also very good.

Sisterlisa said...

I think of the film, 'Where The Heart Is', about the girl who had her baby in Walmart. I am reminded that life is beautiful through that story because in the midst of all the trials she faces, she meets incredibly loving people who open their hearts to the hurting people of the community. She in turn becomes a passionate, giving person as well.

Stephanie said...

That was hysterical! A friends sent me a link to a YouTube video with a similar song only a mom's version.

And "tear up your behind?" Could be in Arkansas, too. = )

HipWriterMama said...

Life is Beautiful is so incredible.

Josh Groban and Andrea Boccelli are two singers who have beautiful voices that make me weep (depending on the song).

Susanne said...

I love this movie too. It profoundly affected me.

Susanne said...

I just watched the video. Loved it. I was laughing out loud. I think I'll repost it if that's okay with you.

Elise said...

Probably my favorite movie of all time. Italian version, for sure.

So many beautiful lessons abound - and an encouragement to lead our children in looking at the bright side of things, and also giving the benefit of the doubt - i.e., "For instance, I don't like Visigoths, and you don't like spiders, so we won't let them in our shop!" :) A distraction from the hate.

Stephanie said...

Gosh, I haven't seen that movie in ages, but I still remember what effect it had on me. Simply wonderful. Thanks for the reminder.
Stephanie
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