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?