So this year I showed Life is Beautiful, an Italian film. That is why I chose this film. I played the film in it's language, and they had to read English Subtitles. To watch this film dubbed in English is a crime - you will lose some of the magic of the film. And I was not surprised the kids loved it! When we finished watching it a student shouted out, "I hate you Ms.Haughey!" All I could say is why? Then I looked down and saw she was crying. She said, "You ruined my eye makeup!"
I also have them complete an assignment to go along with the film. As long as they watch the film - they can complete the assignment. So here is some of the things students said about Life is Beautiful. And the favorite scenes said over and over!
"I thought this was very touching. It makes me see how lucky I am to live in America."
"This Guido guy was very inspirational, and he was a really good guy. I kinda wanna be like him."
Every student loved it, and said nothing but great things! One student said it should have won picture at the Oscars - not just Best Foreign Film. You have to see acceptance speech!
The life lessons they got out of the film:
- Always Have Fun
- Never Give Up
- Life is What you Make It
- Show Unconditional Love
- Have Courage - Take Risks in Life
- Always be Happy
- Look at the Positive
- Always Listen to Your Parents
- Cherish Every Moment
- Think Before You Leap
- Live For the Moment
- Always Look On the Bright Side
- Never Take Life for Granted
- Stay Humble
- Always Stay Happy
- Family Comes First
- Challenge What Is Wrong
Dad protects his son by making the concentration camp a game.
Dad makes the ultimate sacrifice - and still makes his son laugh!
They won the game, and got the prize of a tank!