In 1939, young Italian Jew Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni) travels with his friend Ferruccio to Arezzo, where his uncle has promised to help set him up with a bookshop.
Guido immediately falls in love with beautiful gentile Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), and eventually woos her away from local fascist official Rodolfo.
Guido and Dora marry, have a son, Giosué, and are very happy.
However, when war breaks out a few years later, Guido and Giosué are moved to a Nazi concentration camp.
Determined to protect his son from the horrors of war, Guido tells him that the camp is all part of a game, and that Giosué's prize will be a life-size version of the toy tank he loves to play with.
The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor for Roberto Benigni.
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