Caterina in the Big City

Caterina in the Big City

Director: Paolo Virzì Cast: Alice Teghil, Sergio Castellitto, Margherita Buy

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Caterina in the Big City

Writer/director Paolo Virzì and co-writer Francesco Bruni follow up their sly fish-out-of-water comedy My Name Is Tanino with another comedy in a similar vein, Caterina in the Big City. Giancarlo (Sergio Castellitto) is delighted when he has an opportunity to leave his provincial teaching job and drag his wife Agata (Margherita Buy) and 12-year old daughter Caterina (newcomer Alice Teghil) back to his old neighborhood in Rome. Caterina is a sweet, naïve, and pretty girl, and on her first day of school, she finds herself mocked as a hick. Her classmates are the sons and daughters of Rome's elite. Margherita's (Carolina Iaquaniello) parents are prominent intellectuals, and she leads a faction of bohemian socialist kids, while Daniella's father is a political heavyweight, and her preppy clique dresses in designer duds and espouses right-wing politics. Poor Caterina finds the two opposing factions battling over her allegiance, but every time she makes a new friend, her father fouls things up. Giancarlo, who is also an aspiring novelist, spends his evenings at home ranting about the elites and their devious, cliquish ways, but every time he's in the presence of an important person, he desperately tries to ingratiate himself and get his talents noticed. Meanwhile, he's drifting into depression and isolating himself from his wife and daughter. Caterina in the Big City was shown at New York City's Walter Reade Theater in 2004 as part of a Sergio Castellitto retrospective presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/2005
UPC: 0843171005326
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 81,041

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alice Teghil Caterina Iacovoni
Sergio Castellitto Giancarlo Iacovoni
Margherita Buy Agata Iacovoni
Galatea Ranzi Livia, Margherita's Mother
Flavio Bucci Actor
Federica Sbrenna Daniela Germano
Carolina Iaquaniello Margherita Rossi Chaillet
Claudio Amendola Manilo Germano
Zach Wallen Edward
Martino Reviglio Gianfilippo

Technical Credits
Paolo Virzì Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Francesco Bruni Screenwriter
Arnaldo Catinari Cinematographer
Marco Chimenz Producer
Guido de Laurentiis Executive Producer
Paola Gattabrusi Makeup
Salvatore Grimaudo Production Manager
Mario Iaquone Sound Editor
Bettina Pontiggia Costumes/Costume Designer
Giovanni Stabilini Producer
Riccardo Tozzi Producer
Carlo Virzi Score Composer
Cecilia Zanuso Editor
Tonino Zera Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Caterina in the Big City
1. Opening Credits [10:21]
2. School in the Big City [10:17]
3. Visiting With a New Friend [9:16]
4. A Dinner Discussion [5:41]
5. Caterina's Tattoo [7:16]
6. The Shopping Trip [9:55]
7. The Wedding [9:51]
8. Caterina Under the Bright Lights [12:34]
9. The Fight [9:45]
10. Trouble at Home [5:21]
11. The Motorcycle [6:48]
12. Credits [4:45]

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