Salò, o, le 120 giornate di Sodoma

Salò, o, le 120 giornate di Sodoma

DVD - 2008 | Italian
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A transposition of the Marques de Sade's eighteenth century opus of torture and degradation to 1944 Fascist Italy. A thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in. At Mussolini's holdout in northern Italy, four Fascists kidnap a group of young men and women. The victims move through three increasingly violent and perverse phases at the hands of their tormentors, culminating in ritualistic death. Considered by many the most disturbing film ever made.

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Oct 07, 2017

Based on Marquis de Sade's book of the same name but set in the Italian town of Salo at the height of Fascism there, one quickly sees the director's equating of de Sade's perversions with those of Fascists. After that, the point becomes, in my mind, just a vehicle for Pasolini to film depravity and degradation. He does this well but then for what purpose? We get the point. Its sad that this is his swan song but then he didn't expect it to be, unlike Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut". I was looking for this movie for some time, ending up having to put up $200 of collateral to rent it only to now find it in a library. I'm surprised the library actually acquired this. It is not a light viewing and shocking to some but that's expected of something who's source is de Sade. It's "Fascism = evil" message gives it it's socially redeeming quality plus the fact that this is probably Pasolini's, unfortunately, most memorable work.

publictakeover Jul 29, 2013

I hate this film, but have to grudgingly acknowledge it's cinematographic stature and iconoclastic avant-garde artistry.

Yes, Pasolini did share some of the sentiments of the characters, but he also understood their depravity and inhumanity.

He successfully recreates in the viewer the horror and disgust the European fascist regimes created in the minds and hearts of their unfortunate subjects. It's no joke:

Authoritarians and imperialist power are unspeakably corrupt and visit the worst degradations imaginable on those unfortunate enough to be subjected to their rule.

See Guantanamo, Pelican Bay, Homeland Security, drones? This is us in five years if we don't restore our democracy quickly.

Froster Jul 29, 2013

This is the second film I've seen that acknowledges Roland Barthes and is almost impossible to watch. (The first was Honore's "Ma Mere"). It is conceivable that some things just shouldn't be filmed, because ;a) they stretch disbelief past the snapping point, or; b) they portray motivations that are extremely hard to identify with. (A case in point being the excrement feast that is the centerpiece of this opus). The other difficulty with Salo, is that whilst most critics see it as an indictment of fascism, it is filmed so lovingly and with such high aesthetic values that it is impossible to ignore that the filmmaker might have shared some of these "tastes". I wait for someone to bring to life the outre visions of deSade, but I think the best method for doing it might well be anime; a method that would heighten the FANTASY component of these works. Using real, naked boys and girls and confectionary deco surroundings just doesn't cut the...mustard?

dfc Jan 26, 2013

Over-rated and pretentious awfulness. Interesting only because it was Pasolini's last film before he was murdered. People have paid over $500 for this DVD when it was out of print. Suckers.

GalaxieBlast Jul 22, 2011

This movie disgusts me. Personally I cannot understand how and why this movie came to be, and what the purpose of filming something like this was.

I heard that this movie was messed up, but I really didn't realize how messed up until I started watching it. Gross.

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