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Il caimano (2006)

A skewering of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Director:

Nanni Moretti

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Nanni Moretti (story), Heidrun Schleef (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Elio De Capitani ... Silvio Berlusconi
Tatti Sanguineti ... Beppe Savonese
Jerzy Stuhr ... Jerzy Sturovsky
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Indro Montanelli
Matteo Garrone ... Direttore della fotografia
Lorenzo Alessandri Lorenzo Alessandri ... Aiuto regista
Giancarlo Basili Giancarlo Basili ... Fritz Simmons, lo scenografo
Anna Bonaiuto ... Pubblico Ministero
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France]

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El caimán See more »

Filming Locations:

Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Opening Weekend:

€2,019,409 (Italy), 26 March 2006, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Marvellous
6 September 2006 | by greenylennonSee all my reviews

I've seen Il caimano with a group of spinsters politically dogged. It was my first Nanni Moretti film, and I fell in love with him and his cinema. Il caimano is a marvellous film, talking about a family and a dream in the Berlusconi era. Bruno Bonomo is a producer of B-movies. He's stubborn and dreamer, and one night he receives a screenplay from a girl during a film festival. This girl wants at all costs realize a film about Berlusconi, called Il caimano. Bruno doesn't understand the main character is just Berlusconi, and so he decides to please the girl preparing this film. All happens while the Bonomo family falls to pieces. Bruno Bonomo is played by Silvio Orlando, an actor present in a lot of Moretti's films, who gives a splendid performance. His wife Paola is played by Margherita Buy, the best contemporary Italian actress according to me (I'd drool for seeing her in the whole B-movie at the beginning, Cataratte), and the young director, Teresa, is played by Jasmine Trinca, a nice and quite good promise of Italian cinema, together with Silvio Muccino, Cristiana Capotondi and Riccardo Scamarcio. To complete the cast, there are Michele Placido, Jerzy Stuhr, Anna Bonaiuto, a lot of directors and he, Nanni Moretti. A marvellous film: who wants to study the Berlusconian Italy, well, he (or she) has to watch it.


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