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

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

Cast

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
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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 25, 2016
New Yorker
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 18, 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 9, 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 27, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

It... speaks to the authoritarian abuses of twentieth-century history - but it has also, thanks to the chilling (and unflinching) way in which it presents grotesque atrocity, proven as difficult as feces for censors to swallow whole, if at all.

Full Review… | July 2, 2013
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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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