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Caligula

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Caligula

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
156 minutes
performer:
Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren
director:
Tinto Brass
author:
Gore Vidal
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

The most shocking thing about this Caligula isn’t the graphic orgies, the severed heads, or Sir John Gielgud in a toga. It’s the commentary, where such actors as Malcolm McDowell admit how much they despised the man who financed the film. Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione’s wickedly controversial concept was to merge Hollywood production values — promising actors (like Helen Mirren), million-dollar sets, fancy screenwriter Gore Vidal — with hardcore X-rated porn. He clearly didn’t make many friends shooting the story of Rome’s most sinister emperor. McDowell recalls what he told the producer: ”Bob, you really should have played this part…. You’re Caligula.”