A cheerful family man’s life comes to a screeching stand-still when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up, he goes to great creative lengths to keep his son from understanding the atrocious truth behind their situation.
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I'm interested in how polarizing this film is. It isn't surprising when you think about it - but is when you haven't - and I guess I hadn't, and I guess that's because I'm 100% a sucker for being delighted, and Benigni's a sucker for delighting people who want to be delighted, so we had us a thing going for the length of the film, and I forgot to wear my critic hat. Meh. I'd had an emotional week... 3 by default.
i have really bad luck when it comes to italian cinema, i hated many italian films that was recommended by friends, thank god for filmmakers such argento and de sica and fellini to help me belive that it's not about the nationality and not to be cinema racist.
Absolute garbage, and giving the Best Actor award to Benigni (instead of the truly deserving Edward Norton for "American History X") was an outrage. "The Day the Clown Cried" couldnt possibly be any worse than this vastly overrated heap of cinematic dung. The only good part was when the soldier finally executed the irritating, camera-mugging SOB. F minus.
Wonderful writing, directing and most of all acting by Roberto Benigni. It is truly a profound art to be able to write a comedy set in such a grim moment in world history. One might argue that this late 20th century work is equally as significant as other comedic political commentaries made in the first half of the 20th century: for example, Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator'...regardless, a great work by Benigni !Bravo!
Rich and candid fable, clearly separated in two parts, the first is a delightful romantic comedy in Italy's best tradition, the other is a tender morality tale, both work perfectly, and never cease to amaze and arouse emotions. The best, most surprising work of this modern day Chaplin named Roberto Benigni.