The perversion behind Imperial Rome and the epic story of its maddest emperor. All the details of Caligula’s 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.
CALIGULA is a terribly misunderstood film. I believe too many people think of it as a cheap porno, and bash it due to that. “All porn is bad,” right?
CALIGULA was a daring film experiment incorporating big-name, established talent, and the raw energy of under ground film techniques. What results is nothing short of a fascinating product.
All of the acting is very good. Malcolm McDowell plays psychotic villains so well, one can’t help but think he’s like that in real life. His portrayal of Gaius Caligula just drips with maniacal megalomania. The little-known Teresa Ann Savoy is convincing as Drusilla, Caligula’s sister. And Peter O’Toole’s Tiberius Caesar, whose diseased face is rotting away, is truly an oddity to behold…put he pulls it off well. The acting in general is all very good.
The use of music is also to be noted. There are original, evocative pieces written for the film by Paul Clemente, no doubt a talented composer.
While some of the photography is stilted in this film, for the most part it’s gorgeous. A lot of people say the colors are “dark” and “washed out”, but I think that lends to the grittiness of the film.
Danilo Donati’s sets are big and well designed, it kind of shocks you to see someone getting a blow job in them. They look like they belong in a run-of-the-mill Hollywood produced film. Aren’t all pornos supposed to be filmed in the director’s back yard?
And that right there is the point of the film. To shock you; you can’t believe you’re seeing what you’re seeing. Beyond the violence and the sex is a well written, acted, and photographed film.
I have spoken!
Directors: Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione (uncredited)
Writer: Gore Vidal (original screenplay)
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O’Toole, Helen Mirren
Language: Italian | English
Release Date: 15 February 1980 (USA)
Also Known As: Caligula
Filming Locations: Dear Studios, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 2.33 GiB
Duration : 2 h 36 min
Overall bit rate : 2 134 kb/s