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A skewering of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Silvio Orlando ... Bruno Bonomo

Margherita Buy ... Paola Bonomo / Aidra

Jasmine Trinca ... Teresa

Michele Placido ... Marco Pulici / Silvio Berlusconi

Giuliano Montaldo ... Franco Caspio
Antonello Grimaldi ... Direttore di Produzione

Paolo Sorrentino ... Marito di Aidra
Elio De Capitani ... Silvio Berlusconi
Tatti Sanguineti ... Beppe Savonese
Jerzy Stuhr ... Jerzy Sturovsky
Toni Bertorelli ... Indro Montanelli

Matteo Garrone ... Direttore della fotografia
Lorenzo Alessandri ... Aiuto regista
Giancarlo Basili ... Fritz Simmons, lo scenografo

Anna Bonaiuto ... Pubblico Ministero
Dario Cantarelli ... Critico gastronomico
Antonio Catania ... Dirigente Rai
Luca D'Ascanio ... Aiuto regista di Caspio
Cecilia Dazzi ... Luisa
Renato De Maria ... Padre di Teresa
Luisa De Santis ... Marisa
Paolo De Vita ... Autista
Martina Iero ... Margherita
Mimmo Mancini ... Allenatore
Valerio Mastandrea ... Cesari

Carlo Mazzacurati ... Cameriere
Bruno Memoli ... Automobilista
Fabrizio Morandi ... Notaio

Nanni Moretti ... Himself / Silvio Berlusconi
Giovanna Nicolai ... Costumista
Giacomo Passarelli ... Giacomo
Antonio Petrocelli ... Avvocato
Daniele Rampello ... Andrea
Stefano Rulli ... Giudice
Andrea Tidona ... Direttore di banca
Sofia Vigliar ... Baby-sitter

Paolo Virzì ... Dirigente Maoista
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Brunetta ... Madre di Teresa

Ralph Rieckermann ... Killer
Silvio Berlusconi ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rocco Buttiglione ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gianfranco Fini ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cosimo Messeri ... Pittore (uncredited)
Romano Prodi ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Martin Schultz ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Nanni Moretti 
Writing credits
Nanni Moretti (story) &
Heidrun Schleef (story)

Nanni Moretti  &
Francesco Piccolo  &
Federica Pontremoli 

Produced by
Angelo Barbagallo .... producer
Gianfranco Barbagallo .... line producer
Nanni Moretti .... producer
Original Music by
Franco Piersanti 
Cinematography by
Arnaldo Catinari 
Film Editing by
Esmeralda Calabria 
Production Design by
Giancarlo Basili 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani 
Makeup Department
Sara Del Zoppo .... assistant makeup artist
Aldina Governatori .... key hair stylist
Enrico Iacoponi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stefano Benappi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Loredana Conte .... assistant director
Alice Di Giacomo .... third assistant director
Cosimo Messeri .... first assistant director
Chrystelle Robin .... assistant director
Ciro Scognamiglio .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sandro Bettin .... painter
Gloria Brescini .... painter
Ludovica Ferrario .... assistant art director
Cristian Marchetti .... props
Glauco Trasselli .... leadman assistant
Glauco Trasselli .... subordinate painter
Sound Department
Marta Billingsley .... sound editor
Simone Carnesecchi .... second boom operator
Andrea Caucci .... sound effects editor
Marzia Cordò .... dialogue editor
Adriano Di Lorenzo .... boom operator
Alberto Doni .... sound mixer
Saverio Lancia .... sound effects editor
Davide Palmiotto .... ProTools operator
Davide Palmiotto .... sound assistant
Paolo Pucci .... sound effects editor
Alessandro Zanon .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects
Stefano Corridori .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Marina Di Patrizi .... scanning & film recording
Francesco Grisi .... visual effects
Stefano Leoni .... visual effects
Francesco Pepe .... visual effects
Pablo Mariano Picabea .... scanning & film recording
Davide Tubaro .... visual effects
Carlo Antonioni .... stunts
Jacqueline Freda .... stunt double (as Jacqueline Freda)
Riccardo Mioni .... stunts
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunts
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt coordinator
Massimiliano Ubaldi .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Antonello .... still photographer
Emiliano Bambusi .... additional second assistant camera
Mauro Belli .... electrician
Romualdo Benedetti .... electrician
Fabio Capozzi .... gaffer
Vincenzo Carpineta .... camera operator
Danilo Caruso .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Claudio Cofrancesco .... assistant camera
Roberto De Angelis .... Steadicam operator
Alessio Di Fazio .... grip
Andrea Fastella .... additional camera operator
Alessandro Filippucci .... additional first assistant camera
Fabio Fumelli .... grip
Alberto Grassi .... generator operator
Paolo Marchetti .... additional second assistant camera
Luciano Mastropietro .... key grip
Juri Molinaroli .... loader
Michele Paradisi .... second assistant camera
Riccardo Ricci .... grip
Alberto Torrecilla .... first assistant camera: "a" camera and Steadicam
Wojtek Trovato .... electrician
Casting Department
Luigi Palmulli .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexandra Toesca .... assistant costumes
Editorial Department
Fabio Ferranti .... assistant editor
Francesco Garrone .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Other crew
Paola Bonelli .... script supervisor
Bruno Di Bartolomei .... production accountant
Maurizio Di Bartolomei .... assistant cashier
Giuseppe Di Gangi .... production assistant
Lorenzo Luccarini .... production assistant
Alessandro Luzi .... cashier
Fabio Micolano .... production assistant
Alfredo Miserocchi .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Il caimano" - France (original title)
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112 min
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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
"Berlusconi has already won"..., 20 April 2006
Author: Asa_Nisi_Masa2 from Rome, Italy

Il Caimano belongs to the Nanni Moretti style of film-making that I prefer, film-making with the imaginative uniqueness, delightfully neurotic smart-ass polemic and personal flair of Palombella Rossa, as opposed to the near-documentary style of the (albeit very pleasant, but a tad too autobiographical) Aprile, or the more traditional drama of La Stanza Del Figlio. Il Caimano opens with a sequence very reminiscent of Bianca: a grotesque Communist party gathering in what looks very much like a classroom from the "Marilyn Monroe" high school featured in that surreal 1983 movie. It's a scene from "Cataracts", a B-movie produced by Bruno Bonomo (played with gusto by Moretti regular, the Neapolitan actor Silvio Orlando), responsible also for such "gems" as "Assassin Mocassins", "Maciste against Freud" and "Susy the Misogynist". Bruno is a bumbling, likable fool of a producer on the brink of professional and marital failure (Margherita Buy, a delightful 40+ Italian actress perhaps best known outside of Italy for the female lead in Ozpetek's Le Fate Ignoranti, plays his estranged wife, Paola).

One night, while settling into the lonely, make-shift bed Bruno sets up for himself in his office in the first phase of his marital separation, he is deeply struck by a screenplay a young director, Teresa, has given him in the hope of funding her first full-length feature, Il Caimano... Absurdly, Bruno decides to produce it without having read the screenplay in its entirety and more importantly, before having realised that "the caiman" of the title was none other than Berlusconi! Though this may surprise some, as Moretti himself has famously said, this movie isn't really about Berlusconi. This said, the sequences in which Bruno imagines some scenes from Teresa's movie do indeed re-enact familiar episodes in the rise to wealth and power of Italy's richest citizen, most notably the court-room scenes (at one point the Berlusconi character is accused of "going into politics in order not to go to jail"). Not to mention some real footage including Berlusconi's "joke" regarding a German member of the European Parliament being "perfect" for the role of a Nazi guard in a film (as an Italian citizen re-watching such footage makes you want to be instantly swallowed by the depths of the earth, but it's actually worth staying on the surface just to study the look of stunned, mortified, murderous embarrassment spreading onto Fini, Italy's then-vice-PM's face as his "boss" cracks the infamous "joke"!). Nanni's (as opposed to Teresa's) Il Caimano is about the creative process of an artist. It's also a disillusioned comment on a certain kind of Italian left-wing citizen that has arisen from Berlusconi's Italy, whom Nanni's cameo character in the movie describes in less than flattering terms for their spinelessness and pettiness. Artistic integrity, the power of money (not just Berlusconi's, but what wealth stands for in the creative process), and last but not least, personal and artistic success and failure are also other important themes present in the movie. Some comments on this board also include homosexuality and gay parenting as a theme of the movie, but to me these two elements were included into the story in such a matter-of-fact way, that they were no more thematic than a Julia Roberts romantic comedy is about heterosexuality.

Moretti is in top form as far as visual humour is concerned: the sequence of a gigantic suit-case-full of Italian banknotes from the 1970s falling through the ceiling and crashing onto a desk in the middle of an office, amid the earnest question: "Where did all that money come from?!", is among the most memorable of the last five years that I've seen. There's much of the trademark Moretti photographic flair in Il Caimano: a child's feet treading a sea of gawdily colourful lego pieces strewn all over a floor as if he were a fakir walking on hot coals, a group of young men and women gently swaying to Rachid Taha's infectious North African rhythms while painting the walls of the film set representing key moments in Berlusconi's life, a nocturnal scene with a reconstruction of one of Christopher Columbus's caravels "sailing" down a Roman Avenue called Cristoforo Colombo (only a Roman would know this!)… there's even a nod to Fellini in the sequences of a historic movie being filmed on a beach just outside Rome, reminiscent of Lo Sceicco Bianco both in humour and visuals… Il Caimano boasts some noteworthy performances (though I found some of the minor players a bit wooden): Teresa is played by Jasmine Trinca, a bright young star of contemporary Italian cinema, first seen playing Nanni Moretti's daughter in La Stanza del Figlio and then, to great critical acclaim, the mentally disturbed Giorgia in La Meglio Gioventù (The Best of Youth). Michele Placido, a performer I have never considered a favourite, has a ball playing the comically repulsive actor who is first cast to play Berlusconi in Teresa's movie, and is very funny in the process. Polish star Jerzy Stuhr, known to international audiences for the lead roles in Kieslowski's Three Colours: White, and Dekalog 10, plays the rich Polish producer Sturavsky, a chorus-like character who provides the bemused "foreigner's" point of view on the absurd Italian situation (an essential Nanni ingredient – in Aprile, for instance, it was a French journalist who covered that role…)

For all its delightful humour Il Caimano is also (predictably) a bitter movie, and also a deeply allegorical one (see the final sequences for instance). On whether Berlusconi will win the next elections (meaning the ones that have just passed), Nanni Moretti's cameo character prophetically says: "He has already won" – according to this movie and Nanni Moretti himself, the caiman's steady, corrosive action onto Italian culture which has been dumbed down beyond recognition, the damage he has inflicted on all aspects of life that'll take decades to mend, the opportunistic cynicism he has left as a legacy to his citizens, are battles that he has steadily been winning for the last 20 years.

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