Caro diario

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Caro diario
Caro diario.jpg
Italian film poster
Directed by Nanni Moretti
Produced by Nanni Moretti
Written by Nanni Moretti
Starring Nanni Moretti
Giovanna Bozzolo
Sebastiano Nardone
Antonio Petrocelli
Giulio Base
Italo Spinelli
Carlo Mazzacurati
Jennifer Beals
Alexandre Rockwell
Renato Carpentieri
Raffaella Lebboroni
Marco Paolini
Claudia Della Seta
Lorenzo Alessandri
Antonio Neiwiller
Conchita Airoldi
Riccardo Zinna
Moni Ovadia
Mario Schiano
Music by Nicola Piovani
Cinematography Giuseppe Lanci
Marta Maffucci
Edited by Mirco Garrone
Release date
  • 1993 (1993)
Running time
101 minutes
Country France

Caro diario (English: Dear Diary) is an Italian language, semi-autobiographical film in the style of a documentary directed by Nanni Moretti in 1993. Moretti also played the central character.


The film consists of three autobiographical chapters (capitoli) of an open diary—that of film director and film producer Nanni Moretti.

Capitolo I: In vespa (On my Vespa)[edit]

The first episode follows the director/protagonist riding a Vespa through the neighbourhoods of a summery and half-deserted Rome. Shots of landscape, architecture, and beautiful monuments accompany his thoughts, which range from critiques of Hollywood cinema (specifically the contemporary movie Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), to critiques of banalization of the Italian cinema, to a chance meeting with Jennifer Beals, to sociology and urbanism. The episode ends at Ostia, close to the place where Pier Paolo Pasolini was killed.

Capitolo II: Isole (Islands)[edit]

The second episode cuts to Moretti escaping from the frenzy of city life on a journey through the Aeolian Islands. Travelling by ferry, his first stop is Lipari where he visits his friend Gerardo (Renato Carpentieri), a scholar studying James Joyce's Ulysses who had moved to the island eleven years earlier. He retires to study on the lost island where he can't even receive the television signal. But he is unable to find the tranquillity he desires, due to the number of tourists. So Nanni, accompanied by Gerardo, moves to Salina Island. The two are welcomed by a couple, friends of Gerardo, who seem incapable of managing the education of an extremely over-indulged child. (Indeed, the entire island seems to be under the rule of children.) Gerardo lets himself be influenced by the boy, who spends hours in front of the television, and discovers soap opera. Gradually Gerardo becomes entirely dependent upon the genre. Nanni, now even more exasperated, decides to move, still accompanied by Gerardo, to the island of Stromboli, but even this choice proves unfortunate: the two now have to deal with a megalomaniac mayor who wants to involve them in the most odd projects. While visiting the volcano Gerardo becomes still more gripped by the soap operas, to the point of asking American tourists what happens in the episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, which haven't been broadcast in Italy yet.

Disgruntled by the latest failure Nanni decides to move on the island of Alicudi, the least civilized of all, lacking water and electricity. At last Nanni seems satisfied with the accommodation, but Gerardo is impelled to escape from the island as soon as he realizes he cannot follow his favourite soap opera there.

Capitolo III: Medici (Doctors)[edit]

The final episode narrates the difficult diagnosis of a disease that affected Moretti in real life and has the symptoms of persistent itching and disturbing insomnia. Nanni goes through a load of doctors and specialists who, between superficiality and false knowledge, suggest the most bizarre diagnoses. His desperation is such that he also tries alternate treatments, like Acupuncture. After having tried them all, another doctor suggests an X-ray after noticing his developing cough. This X-ray reveals a mass on the lung which after a biopsy he is diagnosed as suffering from a malignant, but treatable lymphatic system tumour. The illness symptoms, which Nanni found in a medical encyclopedia, are those he declared to the "deaf" doctors. The episode concludes with a bitter and sarcastic toast alla salute! (English: To health!), accompanied by a glass of water.

Filming locations[edit]


Moretti won the award for Best Director at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was nominated for the Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Caro diario". Archived from the original on 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 

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