Caligula was sexually active from an early age and according to Suetonius had a strong libido which bordered on perversion. Cassius Dio is not nearly as graphical as Suetonius in his biography of Caligula but makes reference to incest, prostitution and adultery along the way. Did Suetonius sensationalize the sex for his own purposes or was it that Suetonius and Cassius Dio were writing biographies at different times in history, noting that Cassius Dio's version would be more contempreneous than Suetonius'.
Directed by: Tinto Brass and Bob Guccione. When I first saw Caligulaas a mere teenager, it was quite shocking in its frank display of sex and nudity. A naked butt, breast or full frontal of either sex, is in nearly every scene.
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The Brooklyn Rail is participating in the Venice Biennale. Caligula is the stuff, or rather the spunk, of legend. Caligula is also a Hollywood legend, revered and ridiculed from the moment of its cinematic conception.
This is one of the most notorious films ever released for many reasons, like the fact that an all-star cast of Oscar winners finds themselves in a xxx-rated film! He also sleeps with his sister, organises elaborate orgies and embarks on a fruitless invasion of England before meeting an appropriate end. Helen Mirren also starred in the film, which was the first mainstream movie produced by the Publisher of Penthouse magazine….
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Back in the day if a film got banned from theatrical or home release it really had little else worth talking about. Are there exceptions? But more often than not these landmarks of censorship are just not very good.
The GCDb. Writer Gore Vidal did not want credit for his work. Peter O'Toole and John Gielgud claimed to have been unaware hardcore sex footage was being shot for the film. The film took nearly four years to make.
It was produced by Bob Guccione for Penthouse magazine, in an attempt to fuse a feature film narrative, with high production values, with the explicit, unsimulated sex scenes of pornographic films. Gore Vidal produced a screenplay for the film, for which Tinto Brass was the original director, but both of them disowned the film after constant fighting and a falling out. Guccione added hardcore pornographic content, which with the violence of many scenes resulted in a film that created a storm of controversy on its release.
What began as what could have been a notable film, a biography of the quite insane and depraved Roman Emperor Caligula, instead was transformed during its making into a major pornographic film produced by Bob Guccione of Penthouse Magazine. The established actors were furious they had been duped but duped they had been. Instead of a powerful historical film, what was premiered was a big budget pornographic film filled with violence, rape, orgies and circus freaks having sex with one another and anyone in their path. I saw Caligula with a very beautiful, shapely young lady who loved movies as I did and knew what to expect.