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Release Date:
6 September 2002 (Italy) See more »
Peppino is an aging taxidermist constantly ridiculed for being short and somewhat creepy. He meets Valerio... See more » | Add synopsis »
9 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Disturbingly moving. Loneliness isn't justified. See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Ernesto Mahieux ... Peppino Profeta
Valerio Foglia Manzillo ... Valerio

Elisabetta Rocchetti ... Deborah

Lina Bernardi ... Deborah's Mother
Pietro Biondi ... Deborah's Father
Marcella Granito ... Manuela
Giuseppe Arena ... Workshop's Owner (as Beppe Arena)
Bernardino Terracciano ... Boss
Vincenzo Puocci ... Gangbanger #1
Renato Puocci ... Gangbanger #2
Valentino Puocci ... Gangbanger #3
Antonella Lori ... Boss's Wife
Aldo Leonardi ... Deborah's Boss
Nadia Carlomagno ... Peppino's Friend #1
Rita Brugnoli ... Peppino's Friend #2
Livia Rasetti ... Peppino's Friend #3
Salvatore Felaco ... Dead #1
Ferdinando Iannucci ... Dead #2
Rosario J. Gnolo ... Entrepreneur
Carlo Del Sorbo ... Undertaker
Ana Elena Chantzis ... Kid
Ciro Fortunato ... Kid
Carmine Migliaccio ... Kid
Antonella Paparano ... Kid
Maria Puocci ... Kid
Roberta Puocci ... Kid
Sabrina Puocci ... Kid
Valentina Puocci ... Kid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francesco Apolloni ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Directed by
Matteo Garrone 
Writing credits
Ugo Chiti (story and screenplay) &
Massimo Gaudioso (story and screenplay) &
Matteo Garrone (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Domenico Procacci .... producer
Original Music by
Banda Osiris 
Cinematography by
Marco Onorato 
Film Editing by
Marco Spoletini 
Production Design by
Paolo Bonfini 
Costume Design by
Francesca Leondeff 
Makeup Department
Rudia Cascione .... second makeup artist
Bruno Conzadori .... hair stylist
Claudia Marini .... hair stylist
Isabella Morelli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Sandra Bonacchi .... assistant unit manager
Gianluca Chiaretti .... unit manager
Luigi Lagrasta .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adriano Chiarelli .... second assistant director
Salvatore Sansone .... first assistant director
Art Department
Giovanni Cuorvo .... assistant propman
Sergio Cuvato .... propman
Giovanni Della Ragione .... assistant propman
Bruno Melappioni .... propman: stage
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects editor
Marta Billingsley .... sound editor
Elena Denti .... boom operator
Alessandro Feletti .... sound editor
Maricetta Lombardo .... sound
Danilo Moroni .... sound mixer
Daniele Quadroli .... sound designer
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Fabrizio Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Paolo Ricci .... special effects
Sergio Stivaletti .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Fabrizio Pistone .... digital artist (uncredited)
Corrado Rizzo .... visual effects (uncredited)
Gian Luca Rizzo .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Fabrizio Storaro .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Giovanni Angeletti .... generator operator
Antonio Celeste .... second camera operator
Fabio Clemente .... key grip
Amerigo Crispi .... grip
Greta de Lazzaris .... first assistant camera (as Regine de Lazarris)
Massimo Dechellis .... electrician (as Massimo De Chellis)
Matteo Garrone .... camera operator
Alessandro Gelmini .... grip
Giampiero Manea .... generator operator
Michele Mattone .... electrician
Marco Metaglini .... grip
Claudio Nardi .... electrician
Simone Pierini .... first assistant camera
Emiliano Pilliu .... electrician
Alessandro Sensoli .... second assistant camera
Claudio Serantoni .... grip
Marcello Tallone .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giovanni Addante .... assistant costume designer (as Gianni Addante)
Editorial Department
Mario Cinotti .... assistant editor
Antonio Salvatori .... color timer
Paola Traverso .... assistant editor
Neri Nazzareno .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Gianluigi Carlone .... musician: sax, keyboard
Roberto Carlone .... musician: trombone
Quartetto Euphoria .... musician: strings
Giovanni Guardi .... music coordinator
Paolo Iafelice .... music recordist
Carlo Macrì .... musician: tuba, drums
Enrico Rava .... musician: trumpet
Roberto Vernetti .... music producer
Roberto Vernetti .... programming
Transportation Department
Massimo Barillari .... driver
Other crew
Riccardo Amorini .... production coordinator: Fandango
Enrico Barone .... script
Fabio Boccoli .... assistant production secretary
Barbara Cirulli .... cashier
Maria Continella .... production coordinator
Alessandra De Rubeis .... administrator: Fandango
Sonila Demi .... secretary: Fandango
Paolo Di Gravio .... chief administrator
Gianni Di Gregorio .... continuity
Sonia Ferri .... secretary: Fandango
Patrizia Galanti .... administrator: Fandango
Salvatore Giliberto .... cashier
Francesca Granocchia .... administrator: Fandango
Giovanni Guardi .... production coordinator: Fandango
Francesco Melis .... runner: Fandango
Gaia Narcisi .... production secretary
Franca Palmulli .... crowd marshall
Laura Paolucci .... executive production development: Fandango
Guendalina Ponti .... legal consultant
Cesare Pozzi .... financial consultant
Alessandro Sogliuzzo .... assistant unit manager
Daniela Staffa .... press agent
Luigi Venturi .... runner: Fandango
Monica Verzolini .... script
Claudio Zampetti .... production accountant
Tina Cascella .... thanks
Claudia Conte .... thanks
Vincenzo Di Stefano .... thanks
Pina Esposito .... thanks
Nicola Giuliano .... thanks
Massimo Mahieux .... thanks
Klaus Mondrian .... thanks
Paola Nazzaro .... thanks
Mario Vittoria .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'imbalsamatore" - Italy (original title)
"The Taxidermist" - USA (subtitle)
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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The movie is loosely based on a true fact, the murder of taxidermist by his protégé in 1990.See more »
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Disturbingly moving. Loneliness isn't justified., 23 December 2007
Author: insomniac_rod from Noctropolis

A fantastic dramatic feature that uses the conventional exploitation features. Peppino is a man who suffers from dwarfism and he can't handle it because he's a lonely man who needs attention, love, and most of all, company. His work is creepy enough to keep people away from him; he's an embalmer who has nexus with the mafia of Napoli.

Suddenly he meets the young and handsome Valerio who quickly becomes his best friend because he treats Peppino like a normal person although he's discriminated by a part of society. Peppino suddenly becomes obsessed with him to the point that both their lives are at risk.

Everything turns into a nightmare when Valerio meets and then falls in love with the spectacular and sexy Deborah. Peppino becomes very jealous and does everything possible to keep the couple separated. Sadly enough, his dark intentions lead to a sad and moving ending...

This movie is not 100% exploitation because it's made on a solid plot structure and character development. I would consider this as an Art film with slight exploitation references and black comedy issues.

For example, when I mention exploitation I put as an example Valerio's dream (or nightmare?) where Peppino comes into his bedroom at night and tries to do him oral sex. That scene hints the audience that Peppino is sexually attracted to Valerio even though they party with prostitutes, drinks, and women in general.

Anyways, this movie also displays the complex relationships between a woman-man couple, and a friendship between a physically normal young man and a man with dwarfism. Not a common movie for Hollywood's standards.

I totally recommend this movie for those who are tired of Hollywood's crap.

Oh and I have to mention that it features some DELIGHTFULLY BEAUTIFUL places from the always spectacular Italy. I'm glad I had the chance to visit some places.

A beautiful movie with a STRONG message.

Ernesto Mahieux ... Peppino Valerio Foglia Manzillo ... Valerio Elisabetta Rocchetti ... Deborah

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