117. Roberto, You’re Great!
Roberto, you’re great! I have been a fan of Roberto Benigni ever since the first moment I came across a number of his parodies, acted in a barn, when television was still black and white.
Every week I waited for him to continue his fun. At that time it was unusual for people to perform with a Florentine accent and so it amused me doubly. His success has spread like wildfire. I wondered if Italians, from outside of Tuscany, could fully understand his breezy, purely Florentine humor. Then I understood. Roberto is a major international artist!
“Life is Beautiful”. Benigni is also fun when you enjoy an evening of his “magic art” or his “Fantasia Karismatica”
Yesterday morning I received a short message from Matteo Renzi, Florence’s great young mayor. He announced that until August 6, Roberto Benigni would be reciting and explaining the Divine Comedy in the wonderful atmosphere of the Piazza Santa Croce and would be happy to meet me!
DEFINETELY YES! I was in Milan but returned in the afternoon. I could not miss Roberto Benigni explaining the Divine Commedy under the statue of Dante Alighieri. It was an opportunity not to be missed… In the company of my friend Matteo Renzi whom I love and admire more and more!
Piazza Santa Croce was lit up in a most artistic way (art in Florence is always in the air…)
It was a great pleasure to meet so many friends I had not seen for some time, great actors and actresses from television. All were drawn by the spectacular event that Florence and Roberto Benigni were to offer in the uniquely beautiful setting of the Piazza Santa Croce!
Matteo Renzi accompanied by his lovely wife did the honors.
With me was my son Daniele with whom I was happy to spend such a magical evening!
Roberto’s entrance and introduction were unmistakable… I remember the night of the Oscars when, at the moment his name was announced as a winner he stood up screaming, jumping from the top of one seat to another as a shortcut to the stage, showing his joy!
His initial comments on the politics, the current government polices and the possible return of Berlusconi were hilarious. Alfano may be moved to tears of emotion, but for the rest of us… there were tears of “gran dolore”.
“The Divine Comedy” in the words of Roberto Benigni regains the grandeur and charm that each of us left behind on our high school desks!
GRAZIE ROBERTO BENIGNI for making us smile… dream… for exciting us!
Un bacio grande
I LOVE YOU