Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s last film, released after his murder, is an orgasm of sin, debated and banned in many countries. Taking place in northern Italy near the end of WWII, it depicts a group of fascists abusing young men and women in countless ways at a mansion – expect rapes, torture and generous helpings of feces. Often very tough to watch, even revolting, but the film has a certain value as a furious attack on fascism. Its way of testing limits has won admiration from subsequent filmmakers.

1975-Italy. 117 min. Color. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Screenplay: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Citti. Novel: Marquis de Sade (”The 120 Days of Sodom”). Cast: Paolo Bonacelli (The Duke), Giorgio Cataldi (The Bishop), Umberto P. Quintavalle (The Magistrate), Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto.

Trivia: Original title: Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma.

 

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