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what_WDT
a_DT
great_JJ
film_NN
._.
what_WDT
a_DT
stunning_JJ
,_,
touching_VBG
,_,
heart-wrenching_JJ
,_,
heart-warming_JJ
,_,
life-affirming_VBG
,_,
miraculous_JJ
film_NN
._.
>from_NN
its_PP$
opening_NN
moments_NNS
,_,
_life_NN
is_BEZ
beautiful__???
walks_NNS
that_RB
fine_JJ
line_NN
between_IN
serious_JJ
tragedy_NN
and_CC
uplifting_JJ
comedy_NN
._.
a_DT
car_NN
with_IN
no_DT
brakes_NNS
speeds_NNS
through_IN
the_DT
town_NN
,_,
and_CC
guido_NN
(_(
roberto_NP
benigni_???
)_(
motions_NNS
people_NN
to_IN
move_NN
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
way_NN
._.
they_PP
mistake_NN
him_PP
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
fascist_JJ
president_NN
,_,
traveling_VBG
to_IN
their_PP$
town_NN
that_CS
day_NN
._.
heil_???
!_!
heil_???
!_!
huh_UH
?_?
shortly_RB
thereafter_RB
,_,
the_DT
president_NN
drives_VBZ
through_IN
,_,
and_CC
people_NN
stare_NN
,_,
with_IN
blank_JJ
faces_NNS
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
standard_JJ
,_,
but_CC
somehow_RB
fresh_JJ
and_CC
postmodern_JJ
stuff_NN
:_:
the_DT
clown_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
jew_NN
,_,
triumphs_NNS
over_IN
the_DT
anti-semitic_JJ
society_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
he_PP
=_SYM
lives_NNS
._.
granted_VBN
,_,
_the_VB
great_JJ
dictator__???
comes_VBZ
to_TO
mind--charlie_FW
chaplin_NP
+_SYM
s_NN
almost_RB
masterpiece_NN
._.
i_PP
think_VB
lib_NN
(_(
which_WDT
benigni_???
wrote_VBD
and_CC
directed_VBN
)_)
trumps_NNS
gd_???
in_CD
one_CD
essential_JJ
point_NN
:_:
chaplin_NP
+_SYM
s_NN
jewish_JJ
barber_NN
gives_VBZ
a_DT
great_JJ
speech_NN
at_IN
the_DT
climax_NN
,_,
but_CC
to_IN
do_DO
so_CS
,_,
he_PP
had_HVD
to_TO
break_VB
completely_RB
from_IN
character_NN
._.
benigni_???
is_BEZ
given_JJ
a_DT
similar_JJ
situation_NN
:_:
he_PP
is_BEZ
mistaken_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
fascist_JJ
dignitary_NN
,_,
and_CC
must_MD
explain_VB
to_IN
a_DT
classroom_NN
filled_VBN
with_IN
schoolchildren_NNS
=_SYM
on_IN
how_WRB
scientists_NNS
have_HV
concluded_VBN
that_CS
aryans_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
superior_JJ
race_NN
._.
benigni_???
+_SYM
s_NN
guido_NN
stays_VBZ
in_IN
character_NN
,_,
and_CC
delivers_VBZ
the_DT
speech_NN
,_,
keeping_VBG
=_SYM
the_DT
subject_NN
matter_NN
intact_JJ
while_NN
showing_VBG
the_DT
absurdity_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
concept_NN
._.
it_PP
=_SYM
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
satirical_JJ
scenes_NNS
in_IN
modern_JJ
cinema_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
many_DT
other_JJ
scenes_NNS
,_,
especially_RB
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
half_NN
,_,
which_WDT
are_BER
bright_JJ
and_CC
loopy_NN
and_CC
funny_JJ
and_CC
silly_JJ
._.
slapstick_NP
reigns_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
subtitled_VBN
,_,
there_EX
was_BEDZ
no_DT
doubt_NN
that_CS
a_DT
universal_JJ
language_NN
was_BEDZ
being_BEG
conveyed_VBN
._.
and_CC
although_CS
it_PP
+_SYM
s_NN
focus_NN
is_BEZ
on_IN
the_DT
courtship_NN
of_IN
guido_NN
=_SYM
to_IN
dora_???
(_)
played_VBD
by_IN
nicoletta_NP
braschi_NP
,_,
benigni_???
+_SYM
s_NN
real_JJ
life_NN
wife_NN
)_)
,_,
a_DT
silent_JJ
undercurrent_NN
creeps_VBZ
in_IN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
clearly_RB
a_DT
racist_JJ
society_NN
,_,
evidenced_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
aforementioned_JJ
scene_NN
and_CC
others_NNS
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
will_MD
soon_RB
affect_VB
him_PP
and_CC
=_SYM
his_PP$
family_NN
._.
the_DT
second_NN
half_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
takes_VBZ
place_NN
five_CD
years_NNS
later_RBR
,_,
in_IN
an_DT
unnamed_JJ
concentration_NN
camp_NN
,_,
where_CS
guido_NP
,_,
dora_???
(_)
by_IN
her_PP$
insistence_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
their_PP$
five-year_JJ
old_JJ
son_NN
,_,
giosu_???
=_SYM
e9_???
(_(
giorgio_???
cantarini_FW
)_(
,_,
are_BER
deported_VBN
._.
guido_NN
,_,
seeing_VBG
the_DT
horrors_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
desperate_JJ
to_TO
protect_VB
his_PP$
wife_NN
and_CC
child_NN
._.
for_IN
=_SYM
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
separated_VBN
from_IN
him_PP
,_,
he_PP
must_MD
find_VB
ways_NNS
to_IN
communicate_VB
to_IN
=_SYM
her_PP
that_RB
he_PP
is_BEZ
all_PDT
right_RB
._.
for_IN
his_PP$
son_NN
,_,
(_(
and_CC
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
controversial_JJ
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
)_)
he_PP
convinces_VBZ
the_DT
youngster_NN
that_CS
this_DT
is_BEZ
all_PDT
one_CD
big_JJ
elaborate_JJ
game_NN
:_:
it_PP
+_SYM
s_NN
rules_NNS
include_VB
hiding_VBG
,_,
being_NN
very_RB
quiet_JJ
,_,
and_CC
learning_NN
to_IN
not_XNOT
ask_NN
for_IN
seconds_NNS
._.
which_WDT
raises_VBZ
the_DT
big_JJ
questions_NNS
:_:
how_WRB
do_DO
we_PP
deal_VB
with_IN
pain_NN
?_?
with_IN
persecution_NN
?_?
with_IN
injustice_NN
on_IN
the_DT
worst_JJS
level_NN
?_?
it_PP
+_SYM
s_NN
said_VBD
that_CS
tragedies_NNS
bring_VB
out_RP
the_DT
best_RBS
in_IN
people_NN
,_,
finding_VBG
strengths_NNS
they_PP
did_DOD
not_XNOT
realize_VB
they_PP
had_HVD
._.
other_NN
times_NNS
they_PP
deteriorate_VB
,_,
become_VB
overwhelmed_VBN
=_SYM
with_IN
little_DT
strength_NN
or_CC
incentive_NN
to_IN
swim_NN
._.
sometimes_RB
even_RB
,_,
people_NN
giggle_NN
in_IN
these_DT
moments_NNS
,_,
as_CS
if_CS
there_EX
were_BED
a_DT
vacant_JJ
emotion_NN
behind_IN
them_PP
,_,
yearning_NN
for_IN
some_DT
brightness_NN
to_IN
soothe_NP
their_PP$
wounds_NNS
._.
benigni_???
+_SYM
s_NN
guido_NN
realizes_VBZ
this_DT
._.
he_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
clown_NN
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
fool_NN
._.
he_PP
sees_VBZ
the_DT
slurs_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
vandalism_NN
,_,
and_CC
while_CS
feeling_NN
the_DT
weight_NN
of_IN
=_SYM
the_DT
verbal_JJ
attacks_NNS
,_,
he_PP
still_RB
has_HVZ
the_DT
audacity_NN
to_IN
see_VB
if_CS
everyone_PN
around_IN
=_SYM
him_PP
,_,
perhaps_RB
even_RB
the_DT
antagonists_NNS
,_,
laugh_VB
._.
his_PP$
liberty_NN
is_BEZ
stripped_VBN
,_,
but_CC
not_XNOT
his_PP$
dignity_NN
,_,
and_CC
certainly_RB
not_XNOT
the_DT
dignities_NNS
of_IN
those_DT
around_IN
him_PP
._.
it_PP
+_SYM
s_NN
obvious_JJ
from_IN
the_DT
onset_NN
that_CS
here_RB
is_BEZ
someone_PN
who_NP
is_BEZ
very_RB
much_DT
against_IN
fascism_NN
and_CC
the_DT
preposterousness_NN
of_IN
an_DT
aryan_NP
nation_NN
,_,
but_CC
does_DOZ
so_CS
with_IN
a_DT
grinning_JJ
,_,
joyful_JJ
demeanor_NP
._.
perhaps_RB
that_CS
is_BEZ
a_DT
form_NN
of_IN
denial_NN
._.
perhaps_RB
his_PP$
alternate_JJ
reality_NN
is_BEZ
all_PDT
that_CS
he_PP
could_MD
muster_VB
(_(
not_XNOT
unlike_IN
the_DT
very_RB
different_JJ
_brazil__???
)_(
._.
or_CC
._.
._.
._.
perhaps_RB
this_DT
is_BEZ
an_DT
example_NN
of_IN
great_JJ
fortitude_NN
,_,
with_IN
no_DT
weapons_NNS
but_CC
=_SYM
wit_NN
._.
whatever_WDT
his_PP$
purposes_NNS
is_BEZ
subject_NN
to_IN
debate_NN
,_,
but_CC
also_RB
a_DT
sure_JJ
sign_NN
that_CS
this_DT
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
three-dimensional_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
stranded_JJ
amidst_IN
=_SYM
a_DT
terrifyingly_RB
risky_JJ
concept_NN
._.
surprisingly_RB
,_,
it_PP
works_VBZ
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
an_DT
important_JJ
footnote_JJ
that_CS
this_DT
film_NN
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
intended_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
an_DT
accurate_JJ
reflection_NN
of_IN
the_DT
holocaust_NP
._.
it_PP
+_SYM
s_NN
not_XNOT
that_DT
the_DT
atrocities_NNS
are_BER
trivialized_VBN
,_,
far_RB
from_IN
it_PP
._.
they_PP
don_VB
+_SYM
t_PP
have_HV
to_TO
be_BE
broadcast_VBN
and_CC
explicitly_RB
shown_VBN
to_IN
muster_NN
the_DT
same_DT
horror--less_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
._.
i_PP
believe_VB
=_SYM
that_CS
benigni_???
was_BEDZ
cautious_JJ
to_TO
preserve_VB
the_DT
tone_NN
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
like_VB
the_DT
theory_NN
that_CS
=_SYM
it_PP
is_BEZ
guido_NN
+_SYM
s_NN
alternate_VB
reality_NN
that_CS
we_PP
+_SYM
re_IN
seeing_VBG
._.
however_RB
,_,
any_DT
criticism_NN
that_CS
this_DT
is_BEZ
rewriting_VBG
history_NN
,_,
that_CS
the_DT
holocaust_NP
wasn_???
+_SYM
t_NN
as_IN
bad_JJ
as_CS
it_PP
seems_VBZ
,_,
is_BEZ
simply_RB
off-target_NN
._.
benigni_???
+_SYM
s_NN
film_NN
has_HVZ
won_VBN
audience_NN
awards_NNS
at_IN
cannes_NNS
,_,
at_IN
toronto_NP
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
a_DT
definite_JJ
shoo-in_???
for_CS
best_JJS
foreign_JJ
language_NN
film_NN
(_(
hopefully_RB
for_IN
best_JJS
picture_NN
as_IN
well_RB
)_(
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
made_VBN
an_DT
honorary_JJ
jew_NN
by_IN
a_DT
jerusalem_NP
film_NN
society_NN
._.
it_PP
swept_VBD
the_DT
italian_JJ
academy_NN
awards_NNS
._.
controversy_NN
notwithstanding_IN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
films_NNS
this_DT
year_NN
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
of_IN
this_DT
writing_NN
,_,
the_DT
one_CD
to_IN
beat_NN
for_IN
best_JJS
film_NN
._.
masterful_JJ
._.
miraculous_JJ
._.
a_DT
must-see_NP
._.
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