Well aware that I sound like a sports commentator, this really is a film of two halves.
Set in Italy in the build-up to WWII, a Jewish man falls in love, starts a family and uses his imagination in an attempt to shield them from the harsh realities.
Roberto Benigni co-wrote, directed and starred in this moving and emotionally draining portrayal of world events on a personal scale. It is at moments hilarious, the first half is full of Chaplin-esque humour. The second half is…
Just watch it. You will laugh, and you will cry.
Here’s Benigni receiving his Oscar: