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Elf. Life Is Beautiful. Forrest Gump. Ah, the Movies Where Innocence Prevails

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Movie characters with an air of innocence don’t always fare well when they cross the bullies and villains of cinema. Sometimes, though, they come out on top. In Elf, Buddy’s childlike enthusiasm brings a smile to the faces of New York City’s hard-bitten cynics. In Forrest Gump, our lovable simpleton makes friends in all corners of the world. Then there’s the rise of the gentle gardener in Hal Ashby’s Being There, and, on a more somber note, the defense of an innocent soul in Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful. In which movie does innocence triumph?

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