“Life is [indeed] Beautiful”

La vita e bella

He didn’t care about what the restrictions were around the world. He saw beauty in life, especially happiness from his son, both standing in the concentration camps together. “Life is beautiful” in the sense where your loved one’s safety are protected. It’s Guido’s family that makes him want to see the light the next day. A mixture of will, humour, imagination, and survival are seen in Roberto Benigni’s hit 1997 academy award, La Vita è Bella, in other words, Life is beautiful.

It’s 1939, in Italy, shows the sweetheart Guido (Roberto Benigni) in a bitter crisis as he and his son, Joshua (Giorgio Cantarini) are sent to a concentration camp; with the wife, Dora (Nicoletta Braschi) who insists on being taken to the camps with her family. But in a venture shot, Guido takes his son through a ride of imagination, distracting the darkness the Nazi german forces bring to Italy in Life is Beautiful (aired November 6, 1998 [Canada]).

The film presented entertainment and various plot twists Benigni brought to the screen. It was insightful with its colorful cast and dramatic play. Benigni used humour in the characters as each brought something to the screen. Giorgio Cantarini, the actor of the little boy, seemed so real and heartbreaking to be put in this situation and this was a good aspect the director thought of, as he had characters go through the holocaust period and this gives you more humane feelings towards the film or characters themselves. Roberto Benigni’s role, Guido, was one character you could never hate.  The actor brought light into the story and didn’t care what situation he was in. What mattered to him, and what was reflected in the film’s theme,  was to live happy in your moment no matter the dangers of it, as he saw the beauty in life.

Something that needs to be heard for in the movie carefully, is belle nuit ô nuit d’amour, as it’s the beauty that enlightens the plot with the melody that captures peace in a violent harsh world; the mad mad world that only Guido’s family escape with the benevolent sound effect as it’s heard several times; like they do during the war in the camps; as it was an effective scene one wouldn’t risk missing.

On the contrary, Life is Beautiful takes awhile to get to the actual action of the movie in regarding the story around the son and father as the actor, Giorgio Cantarini, only truly appears halfway after the movie begun. Some may feel confused as to what the movie has to do with the holocaust as the first good chunk was like a mini romance fairy tale until it gets to the main event. However, the editing and transitions inform us of very subtle clues before they grow bigger. Almost like a warning, warning us very few instances occur that may have some audiences decipher the foreshadowing which could be a benefit for the wait.

The cinematography and tone of the film can relate to another aspect of a historic drama film, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. As both films share moods and tones that are both evoked by the same theme it has, the holocaust. They also both share the anticipation on the characters as both innocence and commitment are shown by the characters both affected by the behaviour of the Nazi German Forces. However, what makes Life is Beautiful so different and entertaining from the tragic ending holocaust movies is how it’s a rare movie that succeeds to gain laughter from the audience even through the darkest holocaust moments there can be. The entertainment of the plot and how the editing was done with care in the first part of the movie, gives the realism in this holocaust dramedy as the story of the characters grows in Italy.

There is also parts in the movie that persuade you to live your life to your fullest and be keen to those around you, even in your toughest times. It convinces you as it has those ambitious characters there as a family, happy; even in the concentration camps. Because even though there were depressing things that happened in those camps, it had that one person, the person who thought with imagination, especially imagination to his son, who was beauty in life. Because if you could be like Guido, then you may even change someone’s life.

Overall,  Life is Beautiful is an unforgettable movie and fable, as it shows how one thing, and just anything can simply change a whole lot of things, both good and bad. So try to be that change, the good change, in the beauty of life. It’s definitely a film worth the money in your pocket.

“Number 12 Looks Just Like You” the episode that caught my eye

The pounding sounds that excruciate the ears can make somebody’s hair stand on end. The hypnotizing movements in a place that grips you into curiosity, challenges your mentality, and the dignity to keep your humanity safe. In a place where the numbers matter in society. Where a woman seeks the dangers of conformity and the value of self-individuality. Any numbers may look like you only if you wish to. That is what the  screenplay of Charles Beaumont’s writing conveys in “Number 12 Looks Just Like You”. In this episode, you will truly see the struggle in which a person believes in a place where everyone is robotically the same and the power of looks is wrong. But it may not happen today, may not happen tomorrow, but it happens now in the Twilight Zone.

“Number 12 Looks Just Like You,”(aired January 24, 1964) shows Marilyn Cuberle (Collin Wilcox) tormented by the numbers in her society. The numbers represent the ‘transformation’ which everyone undergoes an operation to become beautiful from numbered models. Marilyn’s mother (Suzy Parker), Dr. Rex (Richard Long), and her friend (Pam Austin) try to pull Marilyn into the shadows as she would have to get the transformation at nineteen; she wretchedly tries to hold what makes her, her.

It is not fair to say that this episode only belongs to a certain age, as Abner Biberman never stated the age rating for the series only with warnings. However, this could be because as the audience understands the concept of the episode, thus it’s suitable. These series judges the audience’s mentality and knowledge to obtain complex judgements.

Collin Wilcox showed an alluring and dramatic play. The acting brought tension and the shades of emotions the actress displayed were effective. Both Suzy Parker and Pam Austin brought the robotic act that shadowed over the plot, which represented the “I am all and all is one”. The acting made the theme advantageous with the two characters behaving happy/silly about the ‘transformation’ around Marilyn. Richard Long’s acting marked the light because as he portrayed different characters, he captured the glimpse of the personality references the show handed out. For example, one of his characters was (http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0027184/?ref_=tt_cl_t2) inspired by a famous doctor, Dr. Sigmund Freud. In addition, the cast was short and this was done on purpose because Abner Biberman wanted to display the world of the episode as ‘everyone’s the same’ and this was a clever scheme to bring have the audience thinking.

The lighting and music were stunning effects that were taken with care. The lighting occurs frequently as it shows a halo effect on Marilyn and this captures the message Abner Biberman wants to bring out to the audience, the difference between the characters. E.g. Marilyn’s the only character that sees the world differently. The halo effect brings the light Marilyn has inside of her, and the displays the darkness among the walls, representing something old and lurking through the mysterious society; which stunned the effects. The music anyhow expresses the frightening sounds that sends your body shivers and conveys the horrid and foreshadowing the director may want you to feel, however, many may find it disturbing but its effectiveness creates what the genre really is, horror.

The message of this episode is clear and enlights the idea of beauty to another level with the connections that connect to many classics with the similar out takes on appearance and social influence. Frankenstein, a well-known classic by Mary Shelley, signifies the prejudice everyone has on a monster that seems abnormal and immediately conclude that the creature is dangerous based on his outer appearance; who was initially a gentle knowledgeable creature that had so many insights on life, nature, and love. This connects with Marilyn Cuberle’s character because everyone judges her based on the opinions she has on the transformation and even her appearance because she doesn’t look like them. She also sees more in life than beauty, and this stands with the social effects it has on her and Frankenstein because they just don’t accept them.

Persuasion, information, and entertainment sparked out in the first couple minutes of “Number 12 Looks Just Like You”. Firstly, the episode persuades you on the power of individuality but also convinces the negative effects it has on a society where everyone is the same. The power of individuality is demonstrated by the star of the episode and she seeks the wrongdoings the transformation of beauty does. In addition, the struggle to convince everyone on the faulty the transformation it has on people. On the contrary, the episode informs about transformation, also known as plastic surgery. It shows how there are people out there who believe looks matter and rely on man-made materials to amplify their desired features; vice versa. Lastly, the dramatic screenplay brought entertainment to the episode. This is because watching a television that is from the early 60’s creates more essence in messages and themes stating the type of sophisticated ability it has than comedic and dramatic netflixing shows that are shown in this present-day era.

Other than that, the experience of watching a classic television show with an inspiring plot was enjoyable, the flaws were hard to detect as everything there was showed time-thinking and effort, and 5 stars out of 5 stars will do to explain the accomplishment the episode had to convey the world’s crisis that goes around today, appearance.