Life is Beautiful, But Not for Jews: Another View of the Film by Benigni (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series 107)

Life is Beautiful, But Not for Jews: Another View of the Film by Benigni (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series 107)

By: Kobi Niv (author), Jonathan Beyrak Lev (translator)Hardback

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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.

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About 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.


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

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/09/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780810848757
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 136
  • ID: 9780810848757
  • weight: 308
  • ISBN10: 0810848759

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