March 2, 1999: Roberto Benigni talks about the inspiration behind 'Life Is Beautiful'

Benigni reveals his father spent time in a labor camp during WWII and used humor when recounting his story to his children so as not to traumatize them.
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Transcript for March 2, 1999: Roberto Benigni talks about the inspiration behind 'Life Is Beautiful'
One of the things we didn't get a chance to talk about. Which I hadn't realized until I read about you that your father. Was in a German labor camp at the end of the war. Is he was but a unit general labor camp building whipple's four. Likely for its people. But. And IO to a game and out because of their way it was steadily to me MIC's there is the story. It was elected the protagonist of a land will be MiFi that is something suspect Shelby and some contentious they do it. Cool over live from majority is something other way room Iraq flowed that the brainchild of the bold is this is a bit is on the Benschoten. And that way when that. It into the understandable that India and the circle the order was shoulder Italian soldier. And then that's of people they give a mandate bulletin elaborate cat. And the state do we share as they and that condition where of this saying Rick is active and extended national camp but. Nuggets chamber of which make a big difference medical condition was this thing. When he came bake it was a skeletal 55 kilos was like that the man. Analysts yet but but no way I mean their way it was still to me nor did develop. And scared me. Was they've very fun needed that voted tied cheek they it was stunning about. Well. And expressing both tragic things about they way they aptitude to delta we it was a very fun. Very funny but yet cautiously nor did the not traumatized me. That was your father is still alive yet is it like police vehicle vigorously alive. You couldn't do a lot of I don't know I when he saw them. You Qaeda because it recognized something about it is known this story and MD its treatment of very cute yes Linda hope. You're talking will be. Don't look for. In and out. How long did you know you were going to make this moving how long have you been thinking about it writing it inside your head or about three years. Three years of because they can be a long time because I was afraid nor did the note. To start or their member of survival as soon we'll be offense he would because and the Caribbean and sometimes it. Such as subject. But tightening can. This season made contributions of of this because they think it'd. Or what caused belongs to every boat.

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