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The Caiman (2006)

Il caimano (original title)
A skewering of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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Bruno Bonomo
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Paola Bonomo / Aidra
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Teresa
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Marco Pulici / Silvio Berlusconi
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Franco Caspio
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Marito di Aidra
Elio De Capitani ...
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Beppe Savonese
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Jerzy Sturovsky
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Indro Montanelli
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Giancarlo Basili ...
Fritz Simmons, lo scenografo
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Bruno Bonomo (Silvio Orlando) was a famous producer of b-movies in 70s; after a long hiatus, following the commercial fiasco of "Cataratte", Bonomo is going to be signed by RAI in order to produce a film about Cristoforo Colombo's homecoming. When the director Franco Caspio (Giuliano Montaldo) quits the project, Bonomo is forced to offer another screenplay to RAI, which is "Il Caimano" a screenplay he stumbled upon, written by the young director Teresa (Jasmine Trinca). The film-in-the-film is centered on the figure of Italy's prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, a subject so controversial that even the public television refuse to produce it. While Bonomo's private life collapses piece by piece, as he's divorcing from his wife (Margherita Buy), and the bank is pressing him hard to pay back his long-standing debts, he finds out that struggling to get this movie filmed is the only thing that keeps him alive. Written by Furex

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Opening Weekend:

$673,323 (Italy) (7 April 2006)

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$5,455,507 (Europe) (7 April 2006)
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The comment made by the Caiman during his trial, "Yes, but this citizen is perhaps more equal than the others", is a reference to 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, in which some animals are more equal than others. See more »

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References The Last Tycoon (1976) See more »

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Oddball Italian cinema author Nanni Moretti has directed a brilliant political satire about equally eccentric Italian clod Silvio Berlusconi.
7 August 2014 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

A fictional film within a real film is the nicest way of finding out more about actors and directors as it demonstrates mechanisms which viewers can use to ascertain what goes into a director's mind.Although set in the milieu of show business and Machiavelian world of Italian judicial system,it is heartening to note that Italian film "Il Caimano" does not eschew an honest portrayal of family life.It is different in content and style from American/British films as not many films have made in Italy which have lampooned famous Italian political figures.This is the reason why American films about American presidents are appreciated not only in USA but all over the world."Il Caimano" also works as an effective satire and a good work of entertainment.This is why it has been labeled as one of the most accessible Nanni Moretti films both by critics as well as by cinema audiences.This is a film which reinforces audiences' belief in what a good cinema should aspire to be.This is one of the main reasons why it has to be branded as one of the most influential films made by eccentric Italian actor/director Nanni Moretti.Il Caimano is not a political film per Se but a modest film about a famous Italian political figure whose unethical decisions and bizarre behavior has brought a lot of disrepute to Italian people. Nanni Moretti succeeds nicely in retaining film d'auteur status for this film.Nanni Moretti as an actor is equally effective as he does appropriate justice to his role.Il Caimano is a great film which gives a clear idea of what has been happening in Italy to admirers of Italy wherever they might be.


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