Roman emperor Caligula leaves the last days of glory amidst orgies of food and sex. During a show by two nude slaves, the emperor is particularly attracted to one of them, Lysia, ignoring ... See full summary »
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Pierre B. Reinhard
The seductive Messalina (Betty Roland) will stop at nothing to become the most powerful woman in Rome. Gaining the attention of the Emperor Caligula (Gino Turini), she soon finds herself at... See full summary »
Even though this film came out two years earlier, Caligula (1979) was in fact completed first. See more »
Several of the business transactions that take place throughout the film are done so exchanging Roman drachmas for various goods. The drachma was a form of currency used by the Greeks, never the Romans. See more »
'Caligula' is without a doubt one of the most controversial films ever made. Like the man of the title, the history of how the project came to be is fascinating. It caused such an uproar that it was pulled from theatres, but wasn't forgotten. Before it's release though, something pretty strange happened. A film crew took some of the leftover sets, hired a few of the same actors and came up with a "sequel." If you've seen the first film, then you would probably expect more of the same. You'd be pretty much right, but the quality is quite a different story.
Pros: Game cast. Memorable score. Beautiful costumes and sets. Unintentionally hilarious. Steady pace. Crazy, blood-soaked finale.
Cons: Some awful dubbing. Threadbare plot. Choppy editing. Uninspired direction. Nearly all intentional humor falls flat. Story is all over the place. Anticlimactic.
Final thoughts: 'Messalina, Messalina' is not an easy film to review. The only reason it was made was to use the expensive sets from a film feared to never be released. In other words, this alleged sequel is totally superfluous. That being said, it can be enjoyed in a "so-bad-it's-good" way. If you need a few laughs this will do the trick.
My rating: 2.5/5
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