Movie-A-Day #24: Caligula (1979).
Oh, Caligula. He’s become the poster child of Roman excess, having reportedly had sex with three of his sisters (and pimping them out as well), condemned whole sections of the crowd thrown to the lions in the arena because he was bored, tried to make his horse a senator, and declared himself a god. The historical accuracy of some of these claims is suspect, but they sure do make good stories to tell. Regardless of the truth, he was a bad enough emperor to be the subject of several assassination attempts. A group of his personal guards finally succeeded in killing him on this date in 41 A.D. Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione and writer Gore Vidal brought all this no-holds-barred perversity to the screen in “Caligula.” With plenty of explicit sex and violence, the film ran into all sorts of censorship problems, although the full version is now available on DVD. Today’s the day to finally check out the insanity first hand.