By Kobi Niv, Jonathan Beyrak Lev
Roberto Benigni's romantic comedy lifestyles is gorgeous loved large good fortune in every single place it was once proven. as well as successful virtually each attainable movie award, together with 3 Oscars, lavish compliment and picture reports, it grossed over 1 / 4 of a thousand million dollars—the so much ecocnomic Italian motion picture ever. only a few have puzzled the movie—until now. With sharp, uncompromising good judgment and eye-opening perception, Niv analyzes the movie and its script scene-by-scene to teach why lifestyles is gorgeous is especially faraway from being the blameless, captivating, and heartwarming movie apparently to be. the writer argues that the movie not just lends aid to the valuable arguments of Holocaust deniers, yet is absolutely a quasi-theological, Christian parable which seeks to justify the extermination of Jews within the twentieth century as divine punishment for the sin of the crucifixion of Jesus thousand years in the past. lifestyles is gorgeous, yet now not for Jews is a riveting e-book that easily and concisely increases a few very important and complicated rules approximately movie and psychology in post-Holocaust civilization. It additionally serves as an hassle-free path within the appreciation of flicks and inventive texts ordinarily and in decoding their deeper meanings, educating the reader to extra basically snatch the hidden importance of cultural methods. this can be the 1st English translation of the Hebrew textual content.
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The Jews are neither killed nor tor” tured there. On the contrary, Benigni’s Germans give them fair medical care and maybe even save their lives, as with the prisoner who is wounded in an accident and whose arm is duly stitched in the infirmary. Indeed, Lip 1s B m r t i f r / / ’ s concentration camp not only doesn’t look anything like the real German concentration camps, but it also looks kinder than contemporary detention camps for political or criminal detainees in some Third World countries, perhaps even kinder than camps for Third World illegal immigrants caught seeking work in certain Western countries.
Benigni cancelled out the important middlemen function of the Kayos-those privileged prisoners, usually criminals, who were in actual charge of the brutal day-to-day routine. In S11177iz~71irr Aiisdrzuitz, Primo Levi explains: We had soon learned that the guests of the L q y u are divided into three categories: the criminals, the politicals and the lews. yz [detainee], but the criminals wear a green triangle next t o the number sewn o n the jacket; the politicals wear a red triangle; and the Jews, who fcmii the large majority, wear the Jcwish star, red and yellow.
But the encyclopedia goes on to clarify, With respect to the prisoners' physical safety and their living conditions, there was no comparison between the concentration camps in Italy and those set up by the Nazis in Germany and in the countries Renlity ns F n i y Eile 19 they occupied. In the Italian concentration camps, families lived together; there were schools for the children and a broad program of social welfare and cultural activities. ’ This description is markedly different from the camp life in Lifi.