Life Is Beautiful, But Not for Jews: Another View of the Film by Benigni

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September 2003



With sharp, uncompromising logic and eye-opening insight, Niv analyzes the film and its script scene-by-scene to show why Life is Beautiful is very far from being the innocent, charming, and heartwarming film it appears to be. The author argues that the film not only lends support to the central arguments of Holocaust deniers, but is actually a quasi-theological, Christian parable which seeks to justify the extermination of Jews in the 20th century as divine punishment for the sin of the crucifixion of Jesus two thousand years ago.


Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Dedication Chapter 3 Before I Begin Chapter 4 1. Hitler's Holiday Camp Chapter 5 2. Reality as Fairy Tale Chapter 6 3. See No Evil, Hear No Evil Chapter 7 4. A World Without Jews Chapter 8 5. Annihilation as Salvation Chapter 9 6. Gift and Sacrifice Chapter 10 7. What Is This Film About, Anyway? Chapter 11 Afterthoughts: Success Does Not Lie Chapter 12 About the Author


Kobi Niv is head of screenwriting studies at the Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University, and teaches scriptwriting at the Department of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and at the Film Department of the School of Arts at Beit Berl College. In addition to writing for several Israeli newspapers and television comedy programs, he has also authored feature films, award winning plays, children's books, and books on scriptwriting and film analysis.


A brilliant argument...Kobi Niv mordantly deconstructs the secret of the box-office success of Roberto Benigni and his film. -- Meir Schnitzer Sofshavua Niv's book is an amazing text that presents its reader with a brilliant analysis, a book that blows your mind. In my opinion it should be required reading. -- Dudi Ben-Aroya Ma'ariv A thought-provoking book...[it] has fascinating things to say about filmmaking in general as a way for Western culture to bleach the moral stain of the Holocaust. -- Orit Prague Books and Literature Weekly Review This book is not only a thorough study of the subterranean prejudices in Benigni's celebrated film, but a brilliant, penetrating "screening" of the cinematic language in general, and of how an "innocent", "well-meaning" comedy can easily become a vehicle for dangerous racist stereotypes. I read it with fascination - it is a splendid book. -- Amos Oz, Internationally renowned author and essayist
EAN: 9780810848757
ISBN: 0810848759
Untertitel: 'Scarecrow Filmmakers (Hardcove'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 136 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Jonathan Beyrak Lev
Format: gebunden
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