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Castello Cavalcanti (2013)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 12 November 2013 (USA)
Italy, September 1955. A Formula One driver crashes his car during a race, leaving him stuck in a small village but good surprises will come his way.


Wes Anderson


Wes Anderson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Schwartzman ... Jed Cavalcanti
Giada Colagrande ... Bartender
Giorgio Zancolla Giorgio Zancolla ... Bartender
Paolo Coluccio Paolo Coluccio ... Cook
Silvano Broglia Silvano Broglia ... Bus Driver
Francesco Bonaccorso Francesco Bonaccorso ... Motorcycle Driver
Michele de Paolo Michele de Paolo ... Car Driver #1 (as Michele Di Paolo)
Igino Angelini Igino Angelini ... Car Driver #2
Livia La Terza Livia La Terza ... Car Driver #3
Giampolo Pietraforte Giampolo Pietraforte ... Car Driver #4
Andrea Troiani Andrea Troiani ... Car Driver #5
Massimiliano Ubaldi Massimiliano Ubaldi ... Car Driver #6
Francesco Zippel ... Paparazzo
Riccardo Rango Riccardo Rango ... Little Boy #1
Niccolo Riso Niccolo Riso ... Little Boy #2


Italy, September 1955. A Formula One driver crashes his car during a race, leaving him stuck in a small village but good surprises will come his way.

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Short | Comedy | Drama


Not Rated

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While the protagonist is going to the telephone at minute 4.30, a voice can be heard in the background. These are few seconds from the original Italian broadcast of Formula One 1979 French Grand Prix, with the epic battle for the second place between Gilles Villeneuve and René Arnoux, commented by the famous voice of journalist Mario Poltronieri. See more »


La Domenica
Written by Carlo Rustichelli
Conducted by Luigi Urbini (as Pier Luigi Urbini)
Published by Suger Melodi, Inc.
a/b/a Creazioni Artistiche Musicali C.A.M. SRL
Courtesy of Creazioni Artistiche Musicali C.A.M. SRL
Taken from the soundtrack "Signore & Signori"
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Love for Italian cinema and product placement
29 March 2014 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

Wes Anderson's "Castello Cavalcanti" is one of two short films he has made that were financed by Prada, the popular and lucrative fashion company. "Castello Cavalcanti" bears all the aesthetic artistry and assured camera-work of Anderson's filmography but also bears that annoying emptiness that is present in many of his works as well. At only eight minutes, the only things Anderson has time to communicate are some well-orchestrated camera pans, beautifully warm scenery, and some more great uses of Anderson's trademark aesthetic, and that's about it. Jason Schwartzman stars Jed Cavalcanti, a Formula One racer who crashes in a sleepy Italian village during a race through the country. He discovers, however, that this town is populated not by strangers but by people that could very well be related to him. While the short is more of a direct reference to the many films of Italian director Frederico Fellini, the vibe I get is more from Pixar's Cars, about a racer hellbent on winning before crashing and slowing down in a land that is much more than meets the eye. There's some great shots and sequences here thanks to Anderson's style that is nicely emphasized in eight minutes; if only he could spare at least two extra minutes to give us a reason to care about Cavalcanti's situation.

Starring: Jason Schwartzman. Directed by: Wes Anderson.

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