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Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula (2005)

Needlework Pictures Presents Francesco Vezzoli in Gore Vidal's 'Caligula' (original title)
This is a short film based on the 1979 film of the same name. The film is stylized with the actors wearing modernized robes and Roman jewelry and females playing male characters and vice-versa.

Director:

Francesco Vezzoli

Writers:

Guy Endore-Kaiser (copywriter) (as Guy Endore-Kaiser), Gore Vidal
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Cast

Cast overview:
Francesco Vezzoli Francesco Vezzoli ... Caligula
Gore Vidal ... Himself
Adriana Asti ... Ennia
Karen Black ... Agrippina
Barbara Bouchet ... Caesonia
Gerard Butler ... Prefect Cassius Chaerea
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Helen Mirren ... Tiberia
Michelle Phillips ... Messalina
Glenn Shadix ... Claudius
Tasha Tilberg Tasha Tilberg
Courtney Love ... Caligula
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This is a short film based on the 1979 film of the same name. The film is stylized with the actors wearing modernized robes and Roman jewelry and females playing male characters and vice-versa.

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Taglines:

Let them hate me, so long as they fear me.

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Short | Comedy | Drama | History

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

2 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula See more »

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Budget:

$120,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Black Label Content See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was shot like a movie trailer, complete with credits to advertise the actors when they first appear on screen and a tag line toward the end of the film. See more »

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Referenced in Salat Kaligula (2015) See more »

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The Joke's On You!
24 April 2009 | by seanymphetteSee all my reviews

If there is anybody left out there who doesn't recognize this as parody, you're either incredibly ignorant about film, and everything connected to it, or incredibly dense. Come...On! Watch it again, and pay attention this time! Let's start, as the trailer does, with Gore Vidal, one of the most esteemed historical writers of our generation. Why would someone of his caliber seriously license a film that is blatant, gratuitous pornography? Think about it. The first "Caligula" was controversial in it's portrayal of debauchery and violence (mild by today's standards), but at least it was an accurate chronicle of Caligula's life and times, based on research of the documentation. Next, think about what you know of Hollywood, how many films get made that feature a cast dominated by middle aged actresses, some of them has-beens? Although I personally love all these grand dames, let's be real here! Where are the young, anorexic contract starlets that studios demand (like Megan Fox, Elisha Cuthbert, Diane Kruger etc.)? The pretty effeminate young male stars (Zach Ephron)? The only thing not crusty and old in this trailer is Milla Jovovich, and she is known to have a hearty sense of humor. Speaking of casting, what director, who wasn't a complete idiot, with a deathwish for his own career, would cast Courtney Love in a dramatic lead? First we have to buy the lie that Gore Vidal would allow his historical story to be altered so radically as to change the gender of his lead character, and then that the character was a homely, high and tasteless woman (albeit a very talented musician). Courtney Love is suitable for a few bit roles in films, and the lead in only one type of film, a documentary about her own life! Now think about the FCC and the MPAA. We've seen human heads exploding on screen, human body parts juiced in a blender and force fed to a woman, but we've barely seen 10 films out in the last 10 years with full frontal male nudity. The rating a film gets has a direct correlation to it's box office value. It's highly unlikely any studio would fund a film that is guaranteed to garner an "X" rating (one that shows oral copulation with a dildo, using semen as skin cream, and worse), when the biggest movie-going audience is teen aged and unable to get in to see it at the theater. Finally, this trailer is a testament to the fact that Hollywood is aware of just how morally bereft the American viewing public perceives them to be. They know that we believe they would "go there". Thank goodness that somebody there still has a conscience and wouldn't. They're just having some fun, at our expense.


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