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nero has several times been alleged to have killed his stepfather seneca, but there is some doubt about this, and dio also lays no blame upon him. he may well have been somewhat jealous of seneca’s influence on tiberius and caligula. nero sent assassins to kill his mother, agrippina, but this is no evidence of his guilt. he sent a reward of two hundred pounds to one man who had slain his mother’s mistress. this was in evidence. tacitus asserts that he destroyed the liberty of the senate by annulling all the acts of senatusconsultum declared invalid during his reign. he wished to set up his own caesarism.
vidal’s caligula, released in 1979 (the same year as bob guccione’s controversial film), is an action-packed epic with a controversial subject. gore vidal (1925- ) is best known for his historical novels, including sleuth and the golden age. he also wrote the play the best man. this is his first movie, and it is based on his original script. caligula tells the story of the childhood, teenage years, and reign of the emperor gaius, as told by his friends and enemies. the movie is a madcap, sexually explicit film that takes a look at roman history. the film is about an emperor of rome named caligula, a cruel and brutal man who constantly changes. he is extremely rich and powerful, but also very crazy and evil. the film shows how the roman people slowly begin to realize that he is not right in his mind. the film also shows how the roman empire was falling apart. the film is mostly in english with parts in latin and greek. it is a fun film, but it is not like any other film in history.
The film may well be the most important work of Mattei and he has made valuable contributions to the story: He believes that the Caligula story is fiction made up by Tacitus in his Annals, and that, as a literary work, it is not only praiseworthy but may have an educational value. He sees the scenes of torture and corruption as grotesque but not gruesome. In his opinion, Caligula committed less evil than any other Roman emperor.
Tom Gilling presents many interesting points about the character and career of Caligula, while the film itself contains the following commentaries: The introduction by Theodor Reuss, who accompanied Caligula on a trip to Greece in AD 33, when the Emperor embarked on his ‘training’ as a king, points out that Nero’s visit to Greece was chiefly a response to the revolt of Spartacus which began in Sicily in July AD 73. Nero lived in Athens at the time when Caligula wrote his essays on life and times of the Caesars. The list of 55 poets and writers who had been driven mad by Caligula in AD 37 is given by Suetonius, and taken from Dio, who likewise includes a list of caligula’s victims.
The opening statement of one of the program notes (p. 1) is quite interesting: The film is the biography of an imaginary Empire and the biography of an imagination which drove to its ultimate horror many a richly endowed Roman society and the Roman people. It is clear that the film endorses the policy of the Oderzo regime of Rome, especially the: abolition of traditional family and ethnic unity in favor of a ‘Great Italy’ which would be a federation of the many peoples of the Italian peninsula under the domination of the Rifugio Italia. It thus follows the line of Oderzo’s films, but points in a different direction. Caligula the depraved Roman emperor and even Caligula the ignorant youth are not intended to be merely symbols for the personality and the policies of Oderzo, as, presumably, the films of Mario Bava and Luciano Salce, for example, may be regarded. Rather they are intended to be persons, real people whose lives were as bizarre, as horrible and as unlikely as they might be.