Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1979)

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The final work of notorious Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, this film updates the Marquis de Sade's most extreme novel to fascist Italy in the final days of WW II. Dispensing with the novel's meditations on sexual liberation and the search for truth, Pasolini presents four decadents who kidnap dozens of young men and women and subject them to the most hideous forms of torture and perversion in an isolated villa. Rape, murder, and a coprophagic banquet are only the beginning of the atrocities on display. Photographed by Tonino Delli Colli, the film also features a lavish score by Ennio Morricone. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
Rating:
NC17
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Horror
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Studio:
Water Bearer Films Inc.

Cast

Paolo Bonacelli
as The Duke
Giorgio Cataldi
as The Bishop
Aldo Valletti
as The President
Caterina Boratto
as Signora Castelli
Hélène Surgère
as Signora Vaccari
Sonia Saviange
as The Piano Virtuoso
Sergio Fascetti
as Masked Victim
Bruno Musso
as Masked Victim
Ines Pellegrini
as The slavegirl
Umberto Paolo Quintavalle
as Chief Magistrate
Elsa De Giorgi
as Signora Vaccari
Antonio Orlando
as Masked Victim
Claudio Cicchetti
as Masked Victim
Franco Merli
as Masked Victim
Umberto Chessari
as Masked Victim
Lamberto Book
as Masked Victim
Gaspare DiJenno
as Masked Victim
Giuliana Melis
as Female Victim
Faridah Malik
as Female Victim
Graziella Aniceto
as Female Victim
Renata Moar
as Female Victim
Dorit Henke
as Female Victim
Antinisca Nemour
as Female Victim
Benedetta Gaetani
as Female Victim
Olga Andreis
as Female Victim
Tatiana Mogilansky
as Young Woman
Susanna Radaelli
as Young Woman
Giuliana Orlandi
as Young Woman
Liana Acquaviva
as Young Woman
Rinaldo Missaglia
as Young soldier
Giuseppe Patruno
as Young Soldier
Guido Galletti
as Young Soldier
Efioso Etzi
as Young Soldier
Claudio Troccoli
as Collaborator
Fabrizio Menichini
as Collaborator
Maurizio Valaguzza
as Collaborator
Ezio Manni
as Collaborator
Paola Pieracci
as Procuress/servant
Carla Terlizzi
as Procuress/servant
Anna Maria Dossena
as Procuress/servant
Anna Recchimuzzi
as Procuress/servant
Marco Bellocchio
as The President (Dubbed Voice)
Laura Betti
as Signora Vaccari (Dubbed Voice)
Michel Piccoli
as Voice of the Duke (French Version)
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Critic Reviews for Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom)

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (4)

This film is essential to have seen but impossible to watch: a viewer may find life itself defiled beyond redemption by the simple fact that such things can be shown or even imagined.

Full Review… | April 24, 2016
New Yorker
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

It's very hard to sit through and offers no insights whatsoever into power, politics, history or sexuality. Nasty stuff.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Very hard to take, but in its own way an essential work.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A perfect example of the kind of material that, theoretically, anyway, can be acceptable on paper but becomes so repugnant when visualized on the screen that it further dehumanizes the human spirit, which is supposed to be the artist's concern.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Its themes are so severe as to feel like a howl of despair more than an articulate statement of radical politics. But it is pure cinema

Full Review… | April 26, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom)

It took nearly 40 years, but we've gotten to a point in modern cinema where looking back on Pasolini's swan song is now a doable, not entirely nauseating task. An essential viewing for any prospective filmmaker.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

'Salo' masquerades as some sort of political allegory, but the supposed subtext is just a tenuous excuse for covering a whole spectrum of perversity - it has no purpose apart from to shock and disgust.

Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins

Super Reviewer

A disgusting, extreme and shocking vision by Pier Paolo Pasolini of Marquis de Sade's book. Salo is an uncomfortable and unique experience, that also presents some black humor and humanism. It's a psychological, moral and a metaphor vision of the ditadorship and all the ways of kill the freedom. Unforgettable. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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