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Caligula (1979)

Italy 156m, Colour
Director: Tinto Brass; Cast: Malcolm McDowell, John Gielgud, Peter O’Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy, Paolo Bonacelli, Guido Mannari, Giancarlo Badessi, John Steiner, Bruno Brive, Anneka Di Lorenzo

caligulaIn employing mainstream actors in a film which also features a plethora of X-rated material, Caligula was a source of controversy both during its production and after its release. Widely criticized for its explicit violence and sexuality, the film also suffers from competing visions and production interests. Billed as an historically based drama about the rise and fall of the Roman Emperor Caligula, the film’s attempt to be controversial is largely ridiculous by today’s standards and remains a largely boring production in soft focus and poor lighting (Klaus Ming June 2013).

2 comments on “Caligula (1979)

  1. SJHoneywell

    You are a brave, brave man.

    • Klaus

      I didn’t think it was going to be as bad as it was. It wasn’t so much the explicit sex scenes or even the violence (not nearly as offensive as Salo). It’s just such a bad movie on just about every other level.

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