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Caligula PosterSpecial Guest: Ranjit Sandhu & Alexander Tuschinski

Guest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh

We begin “Roman Month” with the 1979 film Caligula is a biopic about one of the most-wicked rulers of Rome. It was directed by Tinto Brass until he took his name off it. It was written by Gore Vidal until he took his name of it. And, it was proudly produced by Bob Guccione of Penthouse magazine who didn’t take his name off it. Caligula tells the tale of “Little Boots” and his anarchistic rule over Rome between 37-41 AD. Malcolm McDowell plays the title role and the film features well-known and respected British actors Sir John Gielgud, Sir Peter O’Toole and Helen Mirren… to name a few… along with a swath of Penthouse Pets.

Over 35 years later, Caligula is still as notorious for what’s on screen as what went on behind the scenes.


“I Am a God” by Paul Elstak

“Bring Me The Robe” by Doc Waffles

“Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” by The Smiths


Buy Caligula on DVD

Watch The Robe on Netflix

Buy The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

Buy The Robe on DVD

Buy Demetrius and the Gladiators on DVD

Buy I, Claudius on DVD

Buy Dirty, Dirty, Dirty by Mike Edison

Visit the official Tinto Brass web site

Visit Ranjit Sandhu’s Caligula web site

Read Alexander Tuschinski’s analysis of Caligula

Read the Vice story about the Bob Guccione Archives & Filthy Gorgeous

Play the Viva Caligula video game

Visit Maitland McDonagh’s 120 Days Books facebook page

Visit the official 120 Days Books web site

Hear more about Gore Vidal on our Myra Breckinridge episode

Hear Maitland McDonagh on our Deep Red and
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About The Author
Mike White
Mike White
Often mistaken for the ginger screenwriter/actor of the same name, Mike White has been a frequent contributor to publications such as CinemaScope, Paracinema, Detroit’s Metro Times, and Detour-Mag.com. He’s served on juries at the Slamdance, Cinekink, MicroCineFest and Kansas City film festivals. Additionally, he’s been featured in the documentaries David Goodis: To a Pulp and The People Vs. George Lucas. In 2010, BearManor Media published Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. A collection of film reviews, Cinema Detours, will be published in 2013.

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