Roberto Benigni says the title comes from a quote by Leon Trotsky. In exile in Mexico, knowing he was about to be killed by Joseph Stalin's assassins, he saw his wife in the garden and wrote that, in spite of everything, "life is beautiful".
The champagne bottle changes position when Guido is describing how to serve lobster (first it's tilted towards the right, then centered, then tilted again, etc.). Also, the bottle is first completely sealed (with all the labels and stuff) and then we can see it without all those labels, to appear completely sealed again in a backward-to-forward take, and then opened again.
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What does the german guard say in german
Is there an Italian who speaks German?Listen! I say this only once
There's only one reason why you have been transported to this camp--
to work!! Any attempt of sabotage will be punished immediately with death penalty. The executions will take place at the courtyard by shots in the back. You have the honour to work for our great German fatherland and participate in the construction of the greater German empire.You should never forget 3 basic rules:
1. Don't try to flee!
2. Follow every command without asking!
3. Any attempt of a rebellion will be punished by hanging!Is that clear!?!
You should be happy to work here! Nothing will happen to you as long you obey the commands.
Obedience is everything!!And another thing
At this whistle, everyone into the courtyard- fast!!
Muster in two rows --SILENCE!!-- every morning in roll-call.One more thing~
You will work over there and you will recognize the dimensions of this camp easily.