The depraved Caligula

In 1976, the BBC produced a 12-part series entitled “I, Claudius”.   It traces the history of  the Roman Empire from Augustus thru Cladius Caesar.   The BBC has released a 35th anniversary DVD of what some critics call, “one of the 100 best TV shows of all time”.   “I, Claudius” is based on  research by novelist Robert Graves.   Caligula is the Roman Emperor just before the stuttering Claudius.  Caligula’s a mess, but entertaining as portrayed by John Hurt.  There’s a wide price range for the 5-disk set.   Mine cost 27-dollars plus tax at Costco.   Watching  Hurt’s performance alone makes “I, Claudius”  more than worth it.


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