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Roberto Benigni and Emir Kusturica, both directors of high repute, could not have been more perfect in their endeavour to produce a sequence of visuals with just the right mix of pain, laughter, emptiness and the futility of war. Both ‘Life is beautiful’ produced in 1997 and ‘Underground’ produced in 1995, exemplify the power of cinema. Set in the backdrop of World War II, the movies have succeeded in feeding the viewers with a sumptuous dose of emotions, and celebrating human spirit in the face of adversity. Like many tales our storytellers are not afraid to explore the dark side of humanity and to celebrate the magnificient triumph of the good over the evil, and what could be darker than life exhausted in concentration camps and be a witness to the horrid extermination of an entire generation.
Both the movies use humour which is dry, dark and slapstick. However, ‘Life is beautiful’ is lighter than ‘Underground’. While the former uses more of dry humourous comments, exaggerated body movements and an extensive play of expressions by the protagonist, ‘Underground is more subtle’. ‘Life is beautiful is a pleasant blend of entertainment, education, and inspiration with its potent combination of humor, poignancy, and dignity. Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments beautifully sprinkled on the times of tragedy, coupled with Guidos antics make the despair bearable for the viewers. ‘Underground’ falls more under the genre of dark comedy, with a plot intertwined with love, sex and treachery.
‘Life is beautiful’ kicks off with a satisfying breezy little romantic comedy, with Benigni wandering down the town, on his vehicle, which aptly matches up to his off-the-wall comedy antics. Kerrie Piper (Life is Beautiful – page 17) remarks that, “Guido is a very funny character and the audience finds