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The Caiman (2006)

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

Director:

Nanni Moretti

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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As the movie was released just before the beginning of the 2006 Italian general election, the media and some politicians complained it could influence the voters' decision. In fact, the movie became one of the year's most successful movies in Italy, and 'Silvio Berlusconi' lost the election. Anyway, it seems to be hasty to claim this movie as a cause for the election's final results: some left wing people use to think that 'Il Caimano' gave to Berlusconi some decimal points in the election's stats. See more »

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The Blower's Daughter
Written by Damien Rice
Performed by Damien Rice
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A movie on....
25 March 2006 | by giorgiogiordanoSee all my reviews

A movie on (or against) Berlusconi, the media tycoon which is presently also prime minister of Italy? This is the "leit motive" in these days, at two weeks distance from the general elections. And the movie was released just yesterday... Is the movie a political propaganda one? Nanni Moretti in an interview broadcast on the same date asserts that he had no intention to make politics. Maybe! Anyhow the scene of Berlusconi at the European Congress in Brussels when he shouted "kapò" to a German delegate and refused to excuse himself or the sequence at the Criminal Court of Milano during a process for mafia connections speak for themselves. Apart from politics, the movie is on the tradition of the Moretti ones, "Caro Diario" and "La Stanza del Figlio" in particular and it is worth to be seen.


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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,369,396
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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