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The Globe and Mail
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. This article was published more than 10 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Caligula is a great, walloping mess of a movie, with horrific violence, wall-to-wall sex scenes and a fair share of inane dialogue. But visually it is marvellous, because the production designer is Danilo Donati, the man behind the sets and costumes for Federico Fellini's Satyricon, Roma and Amarcord. But oh, the history.
Some criticise the weird cutting, arbitrary camera movement, exorbitantly shot porn scenes and vast excesses of Caligula. Others admire the acting, for example McDowell, the deep going characterization of Caligula and the brilliant sets. The development of the movie was delayed through various fights between scriptwriter Gore Vidal and director Tinto Brass with Bob Guccione and dissociated with the production as many actors also did. Guccione took care of the final cut and included about 5 minutes of additional hardcore material.
Watch the video. Kitty runs a brothel in Nazi Germany where the soldiers come to "relax". Recording devices have been installed in each room by a power hungry army official, who plans to use the information to blackmail Hitler and gain power himself. The young emperor's decision to force the senators of Rome to live under a regime as cruel, moronic, meaningless and random as he believes life itself to be. His decision is prompted by the death of his sister, with whom he was in love. In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. While scouting out apartments in London for her Venetian boyfriend, Carla rents an apartment that overlooks the Thames. There she meet the lesbian hyper-horny real estate agent Moira.