Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsRoberto Benigni
IN THE NEWS

Roberto Benigni

FEATURED ARTICLES
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
It's been more than 13 years since Roberto Benigni - the actor-director-writer-producer and all-around Italian force of nature - joyously clambered atop the back of seats at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on his way to pick up the Oscar awarded to "Life Is Beautiful" for foreign-language film. Benigni also took home the lead actor Academy Award that night in 1999 for his performance in the World War II drama. Since then, he's had a much lower profile on American movie screens; fans may have caught him in his 2002 version of "Pinocchio"and his 2005 drama "The Tiger and the Snow" (which, like "Life Is Beautiful," costarred his wife, Nicoletta Braschi)
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Now that the Oscar nominations have been revealed, the heart of Oscar season is upon us. And as we lead up to the big night on March 2, it might do us all some good to step away from the insistent and unceasing Oscar prognosticating and try to remember the great moments from Oscars past that have played best on TV. Yes, it may have been thrilling the year that movie you really loved won. But unless the speech was delivered by Roberto Benigni in...
Advertisement
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2006 | Susan King
Roberto Benigni insists he doesn't choose to make movies set against wars, but rather, wars "choose me." "Life Is Beautiful," his 1998 multiple Oscar winner, was a love story set against the backdrop of World War II and Nazi concentration camps. Now, the 54-year-old actor and filmmaker is back with another love story, "The Tiger and the Snow," which opens Friday. This time the story is set alongside the conflict in Iraq.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
It's been more than 13 years since Roberto Benigni - the actor-director-writer-producer and all-around Italian force of nature - joyously clambered atop the back of seats at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on his way to pick up the Oscar awarded to "Life Is Beautiful" for foreign-language film. Benigni also took home the lead actor Academy Award that night in 1999 for his performance in the World War II drama. Since then, he's had a much lower profile on American movie screens; fans may have caught him in his 2002 version of "Pinocchio"and his 2005 drama "The Tiger and the Snow" (which, like "Life Is Beautiful," costarred his wife, Nicoletta Braschi)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1992 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Roberto Benigni, the writer-director-star of "Johnny Stecchino," (at the Hillcrest Cinemas) shares one major quality with the great silent movie comics, the Chaplins and Keatons. Somehow, he seems not quite of this Earth. With his elfin, pointy face and tiny, agile frame, he's a moon child, a glorious freak.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2007 | Sarah Delaney, Special to the Washington Post
When he comes onstage, he resembles the Roberto Benigni whom Americans came to know in 1999, the one who hopscotched on the backs of the chairs at the Oscars to claim his prize for "Life Is Beautiful." He runs in, stage right, wearing the slightly goofy grin that shows up in most photographs, and starts in with lightning-quick banter that spears politicians, the pope and whoever else might be in the news that day.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1992 | KENT BLACK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi edge into the high-backed booths at Musso and Frank's Grill with a sense of wonder. Despite being two of the most popular and visible actor/comedians in their native Italy, they are a bit wide-eyed at being ushered into the booth that, legend has it, was once Charlie Chaplin's preferred spot. Their awe is transformed, however, into befuddlement once they are presented with the restaurant's extensive a la carte menu.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 1998 | John Clark, John Clark is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Italian comedian-director Roberto Benigni is sitting in a downtown Manhattan hotel lobby so cool that the doorman is wearing platform shoes. He and his translator are gazing at a smoldering coffee-table-book photo of John Travolta in his "Urban Cowboy" prime. "That's me before I went to Italy," he says seriously. Benigni, who is short, slight and balding, laughs. His translator laughs too. Benigni loves approval and is not shy about showing it.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1999
"Elizabeth" 'Life Is Beautiful" "Saving Private Ryan" "Shakespeare in Love" "The Thin Red Line" * Best Actor Roberto Benigni, "Life Is Beautiful" Tom Hanks, "Saving Private Ryan" Ian McKellen, "Gods and Monsters" Nick Nolte, "Affliction" Edward Norton, "American History X" * Best Actress Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth" Fernanda Montenegro, "Central Station" Gwyneth Paltrow, "Shakespeare in Love" Meryl Streep, "One True Thing" Emily Watson, "Hilary and Jackie" * Best Director Roberto Benigni, "Life
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1999
"Some you do for money, some you do for love. This is a love child." JAMES COBURN Referring to "Affliction," for which he won supporting actor award. * "I feel for eight minutes on the screen, I should only get a little bit of him." JUDI DENCH Accepting supporting actress award for "Shakespeare in Love." * "Thank you, Sophia. I leave here with the Oscar, but I want you!" ROBERTO BENIGNI Accepting the foreign film award.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2011 | By Dima Alzayat, Los Angeles Times
Woody Allen, the Brooklyn-born director who defined New York for filmgoers with such hits as "Bullets Over Broadway" and "Annie Hall," is once again choosing Europe over Manhattan as the stage for his next movie. Following up films shot in London, Barcelona and Paris — where Allen set the recently released "Midnight in Paris," his most successful movie in years — the idiosyncratic filmmaker is now focusing his lens on Rome. On Monday, Allen began filming his next release, "Bop Decameron," in the Italian capital, an event celebrated by the city's mayor, Gianni Alemanno.
NEWS
August 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
ROBERTO Benigni was reciting a page from Dante's poem on the afterlife when he thought hell had come to Earth. Shots rang out Tuesday night as the Oscar-winning actor-director was performing in a piazza in the southern Italian city of Cosenza, police said. Upon hearing the gunfire, Benigni said: "What, is hell here, too?" but then resumed his performance, the news agency ANSA said. Police said a security guard had stopped a man who was trying to get into the show without a ticket.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2007 | Sarah Delaney, Special to the Washington Post
When he comes onstage, he resembles the Roberto Benigni whom Americans came to know in 1999, the one who hopscotched on the backs of the chairs at the Oscars to claim his prize for "Life Is Beautiful." He runs in, stage right, wearing the slightly goofy grin that shows up in most photographs, and starts in with lightning-quick banter that spears politicians, the pope and whoever else might be in the news that day.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2006 | Kevin Thomas, Special to The Times
Roberto Benigni was an amusing delight in the 1986 Jim Jarmusch films "Down by Law" and "Coffee and Cigarettes" and a wonderfully wistful wayfarer in Fellini's lovely allegorical valedictory, "The Voice of the Moon" (1989). But by 1997, "Life Is Beautiful," his sugar-coated Holocaust fantasy, Benigni had allowed pathos to sink into bathos. His "Pinocchio" (2002) was excruciating in both its Italian- and English-language versions.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2006 | Susan King
Roberto Benigni insists he doesn't choose to make movies set against wars, but rather, wars "choose me." "Life Is Beautiful," his 1998 multiple Oscar winner, was a love story set against the backdrop of World War II and Nazi concentration camps. Now, the 54-year-old actor and filmmaker is back with another love story, "The Tiger and the Snow," which opens Friday. This time the story is set alongside the conflict in Iraq.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2005 | From Reuters
Oscar winner Roberto Benigni led Italian actors, artists and directors Friday in a protest against the government's plan to cut state funding of the arts by 35%. "To cut dreams is difficult, but they have managed to do it," Benigni, the actor and director whose poignant Holocaust film "Life Is Beautiful" won an Oscar for best foreign film in 1998, told a crowd of Italy's most famous stage and screen artists.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1996 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
For the great privilege of seeing a genius at work, you may have to venture into his uncertain native habitat. So it is with Roberto Benigni and "The Monster." Though Jim Carrey gets the big bucks, a convincing case could be made for this master Italian comedian as the funniest man in film today. No one, except perhaps Robin Williams before he turned warm and cuddly, is capable of making you laugh so hard by doing simple things so spectacularly well.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2005 | From Associated Press
Like the Oscar-winning "Life Is Beautiful," which tackled the Holocaust, Roberto Benigni's new film, "La Tigre e la Neve" (The Tiger and the Snow), is a comedy set against a tragic backdrop: the war in Iraq. The movie is an antiwar statement in Benigni's preferred style: a love story driven by the 52-year-old actor-director's exuberant and sometimes slapstick humor. "If you make a direct argument against the war, it bounces back at you," Benigni said Tuesday as he screened the film in Rome.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2004 | From Reuters
Having sought to portray a lighter side of Nazi concentration camps, Italian actor-director Roberto Benigni is now looking for laughs in wartime Iraq. "The Tiger and the Snow," which Benigni has started shooting in Italy, closely follows the Oscar-winning blueprint of his 1997 film "La Vita e Bella" (Life Is Beautiful). As in "Life Is Beautiful," Benigni takes the starring role, again chasing after his real-life wife, Nicoletta Braschi.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|