The Prince Charles Cinema

Caligula : The Ultimate Cut

  • 190mins
  • (18)
  • Erotic
Directed by Tinto Brass Starring Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Guido Mannari

Now, 43 years after the 1980 release of the notorious Roman Empire spectacle CALIGULA, producer and reconstructionist Thomas Negovanhas realized the creators’ original vision with CALIGULA: THEULTIMATE CUT, a version comprised of entirely never-before-seen footage shot in 1976 and edited overthe past three years. The film premiered as an official selection of the 2023 Cannes International FilmFestival.

This reconstruction was created from 4K scans of the original camera negatives and features for the very first time,the complete performances of Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren. It also presents a newanimated opening sequence by Dave McKean(video games The Sandman, Arkham Asylum) and a new (synth-heavy) score by Troy Sterling Ties.

CALIGULA: THE ULTIMATE CUT stars Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE), Academy-Award Winners Helen Mirren (THE QUEEN) and Sir John Gielgud (ARTHUR), Peter O'Toole (LAWRENCE OFARABIA), Teresa Ann Savoy. The original writer was Gore Vidal and the original director, Tinto Brass, but both removed their names when their vision was severely compromised. The original film was produced by Bob Guccione and Franco Rossellini. With sumptuous set designs by two-time Oscar winner Danilo Donati.

Shadowed by the murder of his entire family, the young, wary Caligula (Malcolm McDowell) eliminateshis devious adoptive grandfather (Peter O'Toole) and seizes control of the declining Roman Empire, descending into a spiral of depravity, destruction, and madness. A treatise on the corrupting influence ofpower, this extensive reconstruction reveals the complete performances of McDowell and Helen Mirren,as the promiscuous 'Caesonia', from an unprecedented amount of never-before-seen footage. Mirren’s role is greatly expanded from less than 20 minutes to almost an hour onscreen.

McDowell and Mirren display a natural chemistry in this their third teaming, having appeared together in the previously acclaimed productions of O LUCKY MAN!, directed by Lindsay Anderson, and Harold Pinter's THE COLLECTION, directed by Michael Apted, also starring Alan Bates and Laurence Olivier.

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