When porn meets the artiste  

nefanddy 53M/53F
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7/15/2005 4:43 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

When porn meets the artiste


The Mr. and I decided to splurge and get ourselves a Netflix account. What fun! I'm finally able to expose my oh so sheltered sweetie to a plethora of artsy films that he's never even heard of!!

Last night's treat was Caligula. I first saw this film years ago and the version I saw was cut and edited to shreds. The copy we got last night was unedited and in its original form.

WOW.

I'm struck by how differently I perceive this film now that I'm older (and hopefully wiser). Back in my Bohemian Days, I saw Caligula and thought it was a good twisted little film with a whole lot of porn thrown in for good measure. I mean come on...the brothel scene alone stuck in my mind!

The older me sees it very differently and appreciates the writing of Gore Vidal.

Caligula was a total anarchist. Coming on the tyrannical heels of Tiberius Caesar, he wanted to be dang sure he was popular with the people. And he was. Under his reign, the average Roman could enjoy the perks of his good moods: gold coin to every Roman when his son (who was actually his daughter) was born! A month long party to celebrate his crowning! woohoooo!

In the early days, Caligula was kept in check by one person: his sister/lover Drusilla. She was probably the one person who had the ability to put him in his place without fear of being put to death. After all, as a woman she had no chance of ruling Rome. She was also probably the only person Caligula TRULY loved and as such she was able to tell him he was being a horse's ass when he was.

Unfortunately after her death, things changed. Without his sister's voice of reason, the anarchy ran on unchecked. In his quest to be popular to the common Roman, Caligula systematically aliented every class that essentially kept the well oiled Roman machine running: the Senate, the Priests, the military.

Three years riding the crazy train was enough. Caligula and his wife and daughter were knocked off in favor of Claudius Caesar, who was mildly retarded. I guess the Senate thought a half-wit was better than someone who whored out Senator's wives for 5 gold coins.

And hey...the newly restored sex scenes were pretty doggone HAWT!

Definitely gave me some inspiration....now if I just had a few willing volunteers!

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