The genius with which Benigni weaves plots is most clearly displayed in this film. Nothing in the film is left to chance. Every scene, every action is (eventually) connected to others in a hilarious web. I've seen this movie 6 or 7 times. My wife wants to rent it again! and I will watch it for the 7th or 8th, having fun and marveling at the intricacies of the plot. An early episode is a silly parlor game called "the cabinet member's wife." What is that about? What's funny about that. It isn't, but the game returns about three-quarters of the way through with surprising twists. People who don't watch foreign films because they don't like reading subtitles are missing a world of great films, and this is one of the best.
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A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob.
September 10, 2020