If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
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…
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.
Well...it gets a star for Malcom McDowell, Helen Mirren, and Peter O'Toole for being gutsy enough to take this on and another half-star for the costumes/art direction/set design.
And that's it. Moral of the story: never get the owner of Penthouse to fund/direct your feature film.
Mad, bad and wild.
Part of my quest to see as many of Peter O'Toole's films as possible!
Shameless anti-Caligula propaganda. History as we know it was written by the senators, his political adversaries. The real Caligula was probably a cool guy who didn't wish to listen to the stuffy old men prattle, so they got agitated and wrote all this baseless slander.
The nudity is astounding, as there's hardly a scene without someone's naughty parts showing and then there's the hardcore porn. When I read about this production years ago I got the picture that some auteur pushed the sex too far, that even with the lax morals of the 70's they went too far, so the establishment decided to torpedo them. Everyone involved was blacklisted, Malcolm McDowell got tarred and feathered, the critics tore it apart.…
This is one of the movies I claimed I would never watch.
But not only did I watch it. I came to a sad realization: I've seen worse.
Roger Ebert had famously called this movie 'trash' and while it certainly has it's trashy, gross, and even WTF moments, Oliver Stone's Alexander was still a worse film.
Never again !
Classic erotica disaster movie. Caused quite a stir at the time by the explicit sex scenes.
Sexo. Luxúria. Lascívia. Hedonismo. Todos estes elementos são onipresentes na trágica história de Calígula. Embora inicialmente não represente nada mais do que o puro desejo e mimo de um futuro príncipe, na trama, o desejo de suceder seu antecessor Tiberius faz com que ordene seu primeiro ato de imperador: a morte de todos e tudo o quanto ofereça risco aos seus anseios. O poder aparece sempre como elemento dúbio, vezes dádiva, elevando o soberano ao divino; e vezes como maldição, significando "sacrifícios" em favor da manutenção do poder. Como se tais feitos não fossem suficientes, Calígula assume outra feição quando perde a alegoria que representa o seu SUPEREGO, a loucura. Inexistente o elemento moral que subsistia em sua vida, tenta…
At least the sets are pretty and Malc is camp as you like.
Way too kitsch for my taste.
Yep. I watched it. Hellen Mirren is a babe as usual. The movie is disgusting, pornography mostly. It was basically a dare to watch it. I now dare you to watch it. There is a clean version.
O'Toole ovdje kuži da nije Bog, ali i dalje svojom karizmom plijeni pozornost svaki put kad se pojavi na ekranu. Naslijedi ga neki infantilni šaban (koji doduše isto ima jeben glas) po imenu Caligula.
Slijedi dvosatno gledanje kurčića, picica i međusobne interakcije istih. Baš jako očito da je redatelj htio biti KONTROVERZAN, ali gledatelja ostavi hladnim i smorenim. OKEJ, kužimo, dekadentni Rimljani VAU.
Ocjena je takva kakva je zbog impresivnog Petra, raskošne kostimografije i dobre muzikice/atmosferice.
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
- Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer
- Love Exposure
- Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
- Tetsuo: The Iron Man
- Father's Day
Movies in which a cock is destroyed.
In anticipation of my upcoming short film, "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome", I've organized…
- To Our Loves
- Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes
- Adam's Rib
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
I Like to Watch…