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Roberto Benigni

Director, Actor

La LunaLa Luna (1979)
Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci
Feat. Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, Alida Valli
A wayward young junkie cuddles up to his Opera–singing mother (Jill Clayburgh) in this peculiar incest drama, shot in lush Bertolucci overtones.
Down by LawDown by Law (1988) Recommended
Dir. Jim Jarmusch
Feat. Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni, John Lurie
Three disparate misfits become friends after sharing an escape from a crummy Southern jail. Art and humour rarely mix better than in this eccentric…
Night On EarthNight On Earth (1991) Recommended
Dir. Jim Jarmusch
Feat. Winona Ryder, Beatrice Dalle, Roberto Benigni
An exotic excursion through five cities in five taxis; Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome and Helsinki. The clever blend of pathos, humour and…
Johnny StecchinoJohnny Stecchino (1992) Recommended
Dir. Roberto Benigni
Feat. Roberto Benigni
Celebrated comedian Roberto Benigni, also co–writes and directs this tale of a meek bus–driver mistaken for a notorious gangster. The…
Son of the Pink PantherSon of the Pink Panther (1993)
Dir. Blake Edwards
Feat. Roberto Benigni, Claudia Cardinale, Herbert Lom
Eighth sequel (no less) to the Pink Panther series has the elastic Roberto Benigni cast as Inspector Clouseau's son in another accident–prone…
Life Is BeautifulLife Is Beautiful (La vita e bella) (1998) Recommended
Dir. Roberto Benigni
Feat. Roberto Benigni
Winner of both Best Foreign Film and Best Actor Oscars (a first for an actor speaking a foreign tongue) as well as the top prize at Cannes, Roberto…
Asterix and Obelix Take on CaesarAsterix and Obelix Take on Caesar (1999)
Dir. Claude Zidi
Feat. Gerard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Roberto Benigni
An ambitious, 'live–action' adaptation of Goscinny and Uderzo's classic Roman Age comicbook. Visually lavish, this was a box–office…
PinocchioPinocchio (2002)
Dir. Roberto Benigni
Feat. Roberto Benigni
Pre–eminent Italian comic Roberto Benigni stages the greatest Italian fairytale as a prestige project, but belly–flops perhaps namely…
Coffee and CigarettesCoffee and Cigarettes (2004)
Dir. Jim Jarmusch
Feat. Roberto Benigni, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop
A compendium of whimsical b&w shorts from lapsidaisical indie auteur Jim Jarmusch, set around various celebrity encounters over nicotine and…
Tiger and the Snow, TheTiger and the Snow, The (2006)
Dir. Roberto Benigni
Feat. Roberto Benigni, Jean Reno, Nicoletta Braschi
Italian jester Roberto Benigni unites comedy and tragedy within the throws of the Iraq war, playing a poet who follows his true love (real life…

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