Wednesday, 9 January 2013


In hindsight it isn't hard to believe that Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione chose Tinto Brass to helm Caligula (1979), the big-budget adaption of Gore Vidal's novel of the same name. What is a surprise is that when Brass finished shooting the film he then refused to convert it into the flesh-flick Guccione wanted. Brass later disowned the film after seeing the botched editing, but after it became a huge international box-office hit he decided that he, too, would focus on erotica - justifying his decision by explaining that sex is a normal part of life and we should just deal with it. Either that or he realised that the colour of money is quite often pink...

(To read our verdict click on either image)

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