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The Caiman [DVD]

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  • Actors: Silvio Orlando, Margherita Buy, Jasmine Trinca, Michele Placido, Antonio Luigi grimaldi
  • Directors: Nanni Moretti
  • Producers: Nanni Moretti, Angelo Barbagallo
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDY0Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,493 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Political satire directed by Nanni Moretti targeting Silvio Berlusconi's time as Italian Prime Minister. Bruno Bonomo (Silvio Orlando) plays a down-on-his-luck B-movie director with a crumbling marriage, who is thrown a lifeline to direct a film about the PM. Initially non-committal about the subject matter, Bonomo soon warms to his subject, imagining the film in his mind, with Berlusconi portrayed by a variety of actors including Moretti himself. Essentially a film-within-a-film, 'The Caiman' contrasts the political machinations of Italian politics with the 'real-life' events unfolding in the director's life: the break-up of his marriage and the daily struggles involved in film-making.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2014
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This is an immensely sad film: it's hero slipping further and further into a collapsing life while getting hooked into producing a film about Il Cavaliere written and directed by a novice. As his finances collapse, and his actors and supporters desert him, he starts to derail but still manages to complete his shortened film. There is no conclusion to the matter but not because we are in Michael Haneke country, it simply drifts to a halt speaking, perhaps to Italians, but not to anyone else. I was reminded of "Le père de mes enfants" but instead of the gut-punch that Mia Hansen-Løve's film had "Il Caimano" was a little too much of "La vita è bella". The original footage of Berlusconi was certainly an eye-opener but not a surprise.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. M. Kearney on 25 Sep 2012
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This was a very interesting film and I can see why it had such an apparent impact at the Italian Elections. I thoroughly enjoyed the film as it was a film within a film, showing not only how the film maker`s life was falling apart personally and professionally but also how Signor Berlusconi was portrayed. I had not seen some of the actual footage of Berlusconi ranting and raving and can easily understand why Italians were embarrassed by his antics on the world stage.
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