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Life Is Beautiful
Life Is Beautiful (Italian: La vita è bella) is a very touching 1997 film about a writer named Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni) and his family being sent to a concentration camp during last years of World War II (1944-1945). Part of the film was based on Benigni's own family during the war where his father had survived three years in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in modern day Lower Saxony. However Bergen-Belsen was liberated by the British 11th Armored Division while the camp in the film was liberated by Americans. The film was well received, was a financial success, and won the Best Music, Original Dramatic Score, Best Foreign Language Film, Directing, Film Editing, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture awards at the 71st Academy Awards. Despite this, the film has also received some criticism for what some call "misplaced humor".
The following weapons were used in the film Life Is Beautiful:
What appear to be MP38 submachine guns are seen with some German soldiers.
The MP40 is used by some of the guards.
Wehrmacht soldiers carry Karabiner 98k rifles.
US soldiers liberating the camp carry M1 Garands.
VZ-24 Czech Mauser
A camp guard uses what appears to be a VZ-24 Czech Mauser.
An American M4 Sherman tank part of the liberation force has a Browning M2 mounted on it.
The M4 Sherman that arrives at the camp also has coaxial Browning M1919A4s.
Joshua's Toy Tank
Interestingly, Joshua's (Giorgio Cantarini) toy tank is modeled after a Panzer IV.