Life is Beautiful (3) – Themes



In his most famous work, “The World as Will and Idea”, Arthur Schopenhauer expresses the idea that the will is a universal and omnipresent force, more important than the rational mind, though it is also the root of all suffering.
Guido thinks that willpower is sufficient to create actions and manipulate his surroundings, and uses this method to make Dora look at him during the scene at the Opera, when he is wooing her, or to save his son from the harsh truths of the concentration camp


The true power of love is explored in this masterpiece: Guido’s love, which keeps his son alive in the concentration camp and Dora’s love, which brings her to the concentration camp to stay near her family.


Guido creates fictitious worlds for those around him. He calls Dora “princess” and claims to be a prince himself, trying to cope with reality and permeate it with beauty.
For instance, when he rides up on a horse to rescue Dora, he is a knight rescuing the damsel in distress, and when he tells Giosuè that everything in the concentration camp is a game, he is trying to keep his spirits up.


Dora is a model of bravery, Despite being trapped in a cold relationship and in rigid social conventions, she is able to follow her heart. When Guido arrives on a horse and rescues her, he shows bravery through an act representing his opposition, also to society and the government. During the Holocaust she courageously takes the dramatic decision to follow her family to the Nazi camp.


Guido is a naïve person, he possesses a sort of innocence that often makes him incapable of understanding the cruelty or evil of humanity. He has the innocence of a child, and fights to preserve it, trying to hide the ugly parts of human nature.


Life cannot be controlled, nothing can be done to contrast the transition from a fulfilling life to one of despair and horror. Anyway, at the concentration camp, while turning life into a “game” for the sake of his son, Guido strives to gain the control of the situation for his family and his son’s innocence.

24 thoughts on “Life is Beautiful (3) – Themes

  1. Tu sei tu e nulla a eccepire!
    quanto al film vi fu un profondo dibattito.
    A capo della comunità ebraica era Tullia Zevi che lo contesto per molte ragioni che qui non è il caso di riprendere e che certamente tu conosci. Per le sue stesse motivazioni Io rimasi scettica.

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  2. As John Milton said, “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven”.
    As Buddhists teach, we cannot change the world, but we can change our perceptions about it and help others by interacting with them. Someway the movie gets also this meaning: the main protagonist could not save himself from death, but saved his son and died with dignity and hapiness for that.
    Congratulations for your english! 🙂

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  3. Un film bellissimo e la scena del filmato è insieme poetica e umoristica. Non avevo pensato a quest’aspetto della ‘volontà’ nel film. Comprai, per puro consumismo (voglio avere TUTTO nel mio studio), il volumone di Schopenauer ma l’ho appena sfogliato.

    A beautiful film and the youtube clip is both poetic and humorous. I had not thought about this ‘will’ element of the film. I had bought, for sheer consumerism (I want to have ALL books in my studio!) the volume by Schopenauer, but I just flipped through it.

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