Somewhere near the top of a long list entitled Things No One Wants from Pop Culture sits the following entry: “softcore porn movie about Silvio Berlusconi’s bunga bunga parties directed by the dude who did Caligula.” Such a movie seems like an all-around BAD IDEA, and yet, speaking to a small herd of reporters on Saturday, the 80-year-old softcore porn auteur Tinto Brass said that he’d love to make some Cinemax-appropriate Berlusconi porn. He’s even got a title picked out — Thank You, Daddy. Ewwwww.
Did you vomit, just then? If you didn’t, perhaps you need to be reminded that Silvio Berlusconi, the former Prime Minister of Italy, was recently convicted of having sex with an underage prostitute and (spoiler alert!) using his political influence as the prime minister of a country to cover it up. Actually, that does sound like some Caligula shit right there, doesn’t it? If a softcore porn movie must be made about Berlusconi’s tumble from a position of immense power, then maybe Tinto Brass, the subject of a documentary currently playing at the Venice Film Festival, is the man to do it.