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'Life is Beautiful' resonates again with its message about shielding children

(CNN)When "Life is Beautiful" was released in the United States in 1998, I wasn't as wild about the movie as many others were. I appreciated the tone of director/co-writer/star Roberto Benigni's film about a father shielding his young son from the horrors of a concentration camp, the premise seemed a trifle strained and sanitized.At the risk of sounding dramatic, I've thought about the movie a lot in recent weeks, as parents -- understandably nervous and concerned -- have been forced into close quarters with their children by the practice of social distancing.In the movie, Benigni's character, Guido, goes to extraordinary lengths to convince his boy that navigating life under the Nazis is actually all an elaborate game. He uses that device ...