1. Caligula – Caligula (1979)
Caligula basically opens with “the lifestyle ain’t too cheery” as a quote: “What shall it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36. Mark had a point: Caligula is a man who is so thoroughly indulgent of his impulses that he commits bestiality with a horse, which he named after his sister, who he committed incest and incestuous necrophilia with. So yeah.
Nobody, corpulent space-moluscs included, did it like the Romans. Most of the people on this list do their best, but they’re just one or two guys, or a loose association of space criminals in Jabba’s case; the Roman aristocracy as depicted in this film is basically an organised association of hedonists and hedonist enablers, with Caligula fucking, drinking, murdering and constantly indulging his gluttonous ego at its apex. The scale of the indulgence is unprecedented. The orgies, the executions, the contraptions and structures, the pomp and ceremony – none of it would be possible unless it was at the top of the top of an affluent and indulgent society. It has to be seen to be believed.
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