Movies that are slightly off.
What would you have done if you had been given absolute power of life and death over everybody else in the whole world?
The perversion behind imperial Rome, the epic story of Rome's mad Emporer. All the details of his cruel, bizarre reign are revealed right here: His unholy sexual passion for his sister, his marriage to Rome's most infamous prostitute, his fiendishly inventive means of disposing those who would oppose him, and more.
It's hard (sorry) to know how to review Caligula, especially in its full length (sorry again) version. I've seen lots of 10/10 reviews on other sites, but you can't help feeling (ahem) that they are actually reviewing the behind-the-scenes story. That of course is incredible, hilarious and tragic - all things that the film should be but isn't. It's swollen (cough), sloppy (cough cough) and gets itself into a proper mess (nurse!). Mark Kermode famously said that there was a great film in here waiting to get out, but surely that disappeared up its own rectum (OK that one's just a single entendre) when Brass started interfering (fnarr) with Gore Vidal's original script. You sense that even before Guccione began…
You know Caligula is going to be a special film when "Penthouse International Presents" appears at the beginning of it (Rosellini and Vidal couldn't obtain financing, so they contacted Bob Guccione, founder of Penthouse, to produce their film).
Caligula is a film that went through a lot of problems during its production. Problems with the actors, problems with the script and problems in post-production. Basically, it was a disastrous collaboration between the persons involved, with a project that ultimately became too big for them. And it shows. Because is bad. Pretty bad.
For staters, we have a lot of unnecessary and awkward sex, which was added in order to promote Guccione's magazine. Random naked people will pop-up in every scene…
What happens when three people with their heads in the clouds and their dicks in the Roman bath-houses fight over ideals and accuracy.
A film happens. A film about Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, fondly (or not) known as Caligula; the most depraved and vile Roman Emperor to be made god of the world. So the books tell us.
McDowell, it seems never got out of character after Kubrick drilled his warped ideas into poor Alex. Then Dr. Samuel Loomis injected the same ideas into Myers. In between, he decided to go all artsy and try a hand at bestiality and incest.
The film is bad taste itself (I'm not saying it does not entertain). HOWEVER, however, Peter O'Toole as…
Watched the original theatrical version with the Guccione porn inserts, which aren't remotely erotic but do nonetheless occasionally puncture the general tedium. (Reconstructed Brass cut could only be superior in the sense that having the measles is preferable to contracting bubonic plague; there's zero chance that a non-terrible movie could be constructed from this footage. In any case, I wasn't about to sit through it again.) Fascinating to see such a stellar cast flailing so pathetically—only Gielgud escapes with his dignity intact, and you'd never guess that McDowell, Mirren, and O'Toole had a speck of talent among them. Also hard to believe that a film so aggressively lurid could be so stultifyingly dull, rarely even rising (or sinking, I guess) to the level of camp. Just long, unpleasant and cruel—the cinematic equivalent of sitting in the Colosseum as Christians are thrown to the lions.
Wow... Every manner of perversion... You almost need to see it to believe it. Ridiculously over the top. Yet, one could argue it could pass as essentially a Game of Thrones spin-off set in ancient Rome...
Narratively it was a good story - in history class you learned of the perversions of Ancient Rome - so making a Caligula biopic a porno makes complete sense.
Helen Mirren was and still is one of the most beautiful women on the planet.
One almost questions the sanity of Malcolm McDowell. Probably should've saved this one for the scavenger hunt that begins tomorrow.
Peter O'Toole was not sober at all.
original and crazy, lol...
"Do you prefer nymphs to satyrs?"
"I like both, Lord."
"One needs both, yes, to keep healthy."
They don't make films like this anymore...and that's a dirty rotten shame! =)
This film was bad, there is nothing more that can be said about it. I do not dislike it because of all of the sex and violence, because that is who Caligula was, it just was a bad movie.
I never realized how desensitized I was to seeing sexual acts until I saw this movie. Or maybe the sex scenes are boring simply because they were added by executive command?
Malcolm McDowell is just perfect in this, and I kept expecting Adam West as Batman to arrive and beat him up.
WTF is this trash?! It fails at being a history, fails at being erotic, and the characters have absolutely no substance whatsoever. Do not get caught within a ten-mile radius of this abomination.
can't believe that peter o'toole, a four-time oscar nominee by 1972, was also in what basically is porn
(actually it's not too bad, just be ready for graphic scenes and a lot of nudity)
Siempre he creído que algo mejor pudo salir de este filme, detrás del porno hay una buena historia, pero hasta McDowell se muestra exagerado, y eso termina de enterrar el trabajo completo.
Caligula: Let them hate me, so long as they fear me.
Caligula belongs to a interesting category films, films which managed to be controversial in the 1970s. The 1970s was the decade which allowed for the first real exploitation films to come to life. Films with plenty of nudity, foul language and extreme violence and amongst those Caligula was notorious.
Filled with a very talented cast, such as Dame Helen Mirren, Malcolm McDonald, Sir John Gielgud, Peter O'Toole tells the tale of the reign of Caligula. Rule of Rome and infamous as Nero yet undoubtedly even more crazier.
Due to the violence, nudity and downright hardcore sex scenes Caligula became controversial, even according to today's standards such a film wouldn't…
The wikipedia entry on Exploitation cinema is a bit hit and miss. Some films are nicely representative of their exploitation…