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24 March 2006 (Italy) See more »
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
Jaqueline 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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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Self-indulgent Italian mess, 27 January 2007
Author: vostf ( from Paris, Fr

I had never seen a Nanni Moretti movie previously and I was pretty curious since he is the kind of "respected author" among the European critics. Actually a bit more than respected and quite frankly a critics' darling. Knowing this I could fear a self-indulgent movie with little creativity and a bunch of private jokes for the gallery, but I was open minded and ready to be charmed by the story of a delightful raconteur.

Unfortunately this movie is a mess, depicting a bland movie producer at a loss with his professional and private life. This alone could have been the subject of a good, even very good movie (Fellini could have shot this with gusto and the necessary grandeur to make us love a pitiful character) but Moretti, maybe feeling he is on a mission to tilt on the intellectual/political side of Italian cinema, wanted to add an inconsistent background story about the project of a Berlusconi biopic.

This background - which is supposed to be the main focus of the story - never blends in with the personal story of the main character. Is there a parallel between the mid-life crisis of Bruno Bonomo and the political vacuum that brought Berlusconi to power in Italy? Nope, we never feel something of that kind. Bruno Bonomo is at a loss, maybe he wants to assert himself and then the Berlusconi biopic project lands in his life where it doesn't belong but it is very difficult to understand why he would be interested at first since he doesn't realize what the project is about. Then he is stuck with it and won't back away which only further isolates this weakened character.

With this big mess of a plot you've got long minutes to get bored, waiting for the movie to get set on a precise track. And beyond this chore trouble Moretti's directing is not worth more than a TV-stint, his vignettes about Bonomo's Z-movies are painfully ridiculous: self-indulgent, have nothing to do there except reassure Moretti that he does shoot A-movies. Almodovar did this kind of Z-movie jokes decades ago because he started his career shooting those cheap yet energetic movies on his way to polishing his skills as a wonderful director with lovely stories to tell. Almodovar doesn't even need to be branded an author, he proves it every time, even when his movies are not on a par with his best works.

I don't know what is supposed to be Moretti's best work but with what he failed to prove here I'm not too eager to get my eyes on it.

PS about Berlusconi: maybe I was expecting more of a fierce political story and it's a shame that, while bragging it is one, Il Caimano's back-story could have been about the private affairs of some Italian soccer star without changing the main story. Moretti could have been brave and have shot a movie about Berlusconi when he was elected head of the Italian government years before. Or even ten years ago when he was already Il Cavaliere riding through Italy the way he liked. Now this movie is not convincing at discussing the difficulties to make a movie about Berlusconi, let alone being a movie that deals with Berlusconi's obscure connections or about his rise to power as a demagogue opportunist.

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