Caligula is a 1979 Italo–British erotic biographical drama film directed by Tinto Brass, with additional scenes filmed by Giancarlo Lui and Penthouse founder Bob Guccione. The film concerns the rise and fall of Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula. It was based on a screenplay by Gore Vidal, co-financed by Penthouse magazine and produced by Guccione and Franco Rossellini. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole and John Gielgud. Guccione didn't let Brass edit the film, but changed its tone by removing and changing many scenes, in addition to adding pornographic scenes that hadn't been filmed by Brass. In return, Brass refused to be credited as "director" in the final film. It remains one of the most infamous cult films ever made and remains banned in several countries to this day.
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