Gallo Cedrone (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Carlo Verdone directed this Italian comedy in which the refers to a capercaillie, a European grouse distinctive for its chest-puffing vanity. The story opens in an Arab country where Islamic fundamentalists condemn Armando Feroci (Verdone) to death, followed by a flashback to 17 years earlier when the womanizing Feroci tooled about in his red convertible, tossing out lewd lines to women -- but eventually going too far by accosting a veiled Arab woman from a Red Cross missionary jeep. In Feroci's life of many misadventures, he is seen as a real estate agent getting his future wife (Ines Nobili) to purchase a condemned property; as an Elvis Presley fan claiming to be Elvis' biological son; as a quiz-show contestant; as a politician; and as an irresponsible parent. Filmed in Rome and the Tunisian desert.