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First Friday Foreign Film Series: Life is Beautiful

Enjoy exotic locations and interesting thought provoking themes.
Life is Beautiful (In Italian with English subtitles)- January 3 , 7pm


In this WW II tragicomedy, famed Italian funnyman Roberto Benigni (The Monster) portrays Guido, who moves during the '30s from the country to a Tuscan town, where he is entranced by schoolteacher Dora (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni's real-life wife). Dora likes Guido, but she remains faithful to her pompous fiancé, so Guido has an uphill struggle. Meanwhile, anti-Semitic attitudes lead to attacks against Guido's Jewish uncle (Giustino Durano). Leaping ahead to five years later, during WW II, Guido and Dora are married and have a son Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). After they are imprisoned in a concentration camp, Guido goes to elaborate lengths to keep his son from understanding the truth of their situation. He tells the boy that they are competing with others to win an armored tank -- so everything from food shortages to tattoos is explained as necessary for participation in the contest. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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  • Kami J

    Sorry I got lost, and I was unable to find the place. I came home.

    January 3, 2014

  • Kami J

    I live in PH. Can we carpool patty? Tell me where to meet you.

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just called the theatre box office and bought my ticket over the phone. You can also pre-buy tickets on their website. Only about half of the 90 seats have been bought at this time so it's probably not necessary to pre-buy, but I'm a cautious soul. Is anyone interested in carpooling from Walnut Creek. I'm willing to drive.

    January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I was free, that day. That is one of my favorite movies! Enjoy!

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just saw The Book Thief today and want to wait between movies on WWII. Thanks for the invite though. Hope to meet people another time.

    December 16, 2013

  • Valerie

    This is a great movie! There is history, great acting, and it is one of those well done movies that can make you laugh and cry, plus good reminders about the meaning of life. But I'm not sure I'm up to seeing again while it is still fresh in my mind.

    December 16, 2013

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