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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…
Is CALIGULA the greatest pornographic film ever made? Possibly, but not because it's a good picture. Certainly there have been few pornos boasting a 20 million dollar budget (67 million US adjusted for 2016!), with a cast of well-established actors: Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Helen Mirren, John Steiner, and, of course, our favorite performer of anti-protagonists, Malcolm McDowell. (Not to mention Paolo Bonacelli from Pasolini's infamous SALÓ; while Maria Schneider left the shoot early as a response to the sexual content.) In terms of aesthetic quality, though: CALIGULA is all over the map (going from genuinely arresting, to bizarrely farcical) - no doubt due to its long, troubled production. This included writer Gore Vidal wanting his name removed from the…
I was president of the Latin Honors Society in high school so I can say with Caligula-esque authority that this movie is 100% historically accurate.
A beautiful and moving portrait of hubris and the corruption of power and the who am I kidding? this movie is a beautiful, boring, unbelievable mess. And it's on YouTube! For free! Where kids and shit can see it! I fucking love people.
This is so weird. I was pretty much expecting an almost-3-hour-long porn with some big name actors (fucking Helen Mirren is in this!!) in a poorly constructed Roman setting and while that's...kinda what we get, there is a story here. Not a good one. But cut out all the sex parts (or…
Went into this expecting an entertaining disaster and was absolutely flummoxed to find a iconoclastic masterpiece, a simultaneous death knell for both the historical epics the dominated Hollywood for decades and the erotic art films prevalent in the 70s. Beginning with the disgrace of perhaps the most iconic actor in epic film history (Peter O'Toole) and ending with the murder of the poster-boy for youthful sociopathy (Malcolm McDowell) Caligula paints a vivid picture of the abuse of power and the systematic corruption of sexual pleasure by patriarchy and captialism (the fact that this film was co-opted by Penthouse and injected with pure smut is just too thematically perfect). Even though the film portrays a social rot that is hard to…
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…
Brilliant scenery and decent acting do not make this period-porn piece timeless.
Despite the excessive porn notoriously crowbarred into this movie, it is at its core really rather good. This mainly comes down to the outstanding performance from McDowell in the lead role. Well worth seeing. Unless you're in any way prudish!
This grim, relentless nightmare of sex and violence is crushingly unsexy and undramatic and staggers along under the weight of having to string about 20 minutes of story out across two and a half painful hours, in which orgiastic but joyless tableaux are played out on lavish but painfully fake looking sets. I suppose Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren and Peter O'Toole deserve some credit for giving it some welly (John Gielgud looks disgusted through his little screen time, as presumably he was), but there isn't much they can do but turn it up to eleven and let the chips fall where they may.
the 70s were so wild how did they get peter o'toole to be in this
Hard + Core film
I'm just so overjoyed that this movie exists every time that I watch it.
Caligula is probably one of the most hardest films to sit through. the film perfectly captures the nature of the vicious emperor by presenting weird sets combined with erotically gory scenes which makes it very uncomfortable to watch. McDowell nailed it as Caligula, with a performance so depraved that one might mistake him as the heir of the nefarious emperor himself.
"This movie," said the lady in front of me at the drinking fountain, "is the worst piece of shit I have ever seen."
- Roger Ebert
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