Salo (SalÚ o le 120 giornate di Sodoma) Reviews
I knew this was a controversial film and of course that was one of my main reasons for watching it, I?m not one to shy away from controversial subjects, but this was a huge step too far for me. I don?t know how old the young Actor?s and Actresses were in this film, but they did look like children it still left me feeling very uncomfortable.
I thought the controversy surrounding this film was to do with the subject matter, but more disturbing was what the Actors/Actresses had to do in the film.
Curiosity does leave me wondering what happened next, but I just didn?t want to continue watching to find out, it felt all too voyeuristic to me.
What a load of crap. It's the same type of highbrows that try putting meaning in a David Lynch movie where there is none to be had. This film is nothing more than a sadistic, repulsive excuse to shock and disgust which is what director Pasolini reveled in given his controversial history. It's really no big surprise he was murdered shortly after the completion of this film--he probably wondered what took them so long.
Salo is apparently about four fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of physical, mental and sexual torture. That's what it said on the back of my DVD box, except watching for myself the plot here is almost none existent. If it wasn't for the plot synopsis I would have called this a plot less film. Not much is explain and every character lacks depth. Each of the adults only has one characteristic from sexually creepy, sexually odd, sex obsess, and finally the "they seriously need a therapist" adults. As for the teenagers their characteristic ranges from disturbed, depress, disturb again, and questionable sexuality. The lack of any attachment to these teenagers does not really make this all that disturbing. While it is uncomfortable seeing nude teenagers (some under 18), these victims who are being tortured aren't the main focus. The film would have worked better if it followed the view from one of the teenagers since they are going through this torture and would have allowed the film to take some interesting turn. Except we follow four fascist that do the same thing over and over again which diminish the shock values after the second time after you something "shocking". As for the deep context there's certainly some meaning in it such as hopelessness for these characters and freedom of our sexuality. Though it wasn't send effectively since I had no attachment to these teenagers and the film just plays out to the point you'll wonder if the director had a script going in. Plot wise it doesn't work to well and with no attachment to the victim makes all the torture not that effective nor a difficult journey to see.
Calling Salo a poor film would be doing it a huge injustice. While it didn't live up to the controversial status when it came to it so call "graphic" material it does some things pretty well. The atmosphere got across to me and the fact that music is not over use gives it a level of realism. The acting was pretty good despite the lack any dimension the actors character had. It was filmed and there was a few moments that made me uncomfortable, like when teenager genitals are burned with a candle. The movie itself is not all that graphic, except their will be people who will be more concern that their two guys kissing. If you're one that can't stand watching two guys kissing and hate homosexuals, you should get you get your brain check since lesbianism is the same thing just with a gender swap. The effects it had near the end were pretty good, but the director cut away from the only remotely disturbing material. A teenager was getting his cut off was with a knife and the effect looked very good, but moments like these towards the end are cut away and don't leave much of an impact. Now if there's one scene everyone talks about in this movie are when the people eat feces. Now these scenes aren't that bad, I was actually eating a burger and some chocolate while watching these. The film does fit the category that you'll either hate it or like it. It's similar to The Tree of Life in which there's no universally accepted view on the film, you just have to see it for yourself and decide. If there's anything of there is anything questionable about this film is Sight and Sound placed the film on their critics Top 250 Films of All Time list. Which means this film belongs in the same category like Citizen Kane, The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now which is something I can't accept since this is not at that level of masterful craftsmanship.
Salo is a mixed bag, it's plot non existent with only a handful of elements that prevented of being a total mess. The controversy behind this film is largely false with the nudity of teenagers (some under 18) being the most over used controversial material here. With no attachment to any of the teenagers with the torture they endure is what mostly holds it back from sending its deep context message. It's a tame film that, much like The Tree of Life, you have to see for yourself and decide for yourself if you like it or not due to no definite universal view on it.
I'm not sure about the actor's name (Aldo Valletti?), but the cross-eyed, red-headed creep is just about the most detestable character I've seen in a film. Bravo...I guess.
Was the poo real?