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

September 28, 2019
There was a point to all this foulness; Pasolini was commenting on the dehumanising effect of fascism, with reference to Proust, Nietzsche and Dante's circles of Hell. You'll still want a shower afterwards, though.
October 4, 2018
Salo... is forceful only in making the viewer want to turn away.
April 25, 2016
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.
October 18, 2008
It's very hard to sit through and offers no insights whatsoever into power, politics, history or sexuality. Nasty stuff.
August 25, 2008
Fastidiously attuned to the denial of the comforting release of either eroticism or expulsion, Pasolini's boudoirs of perversion lack De Sade's scarlet hedonism. Quite the opposite, his boners reveal only the presence of spiritual rigor mortis.
October 23, 2007
Very hard to take, but in its own way an essential work.
September 10, 2005
There are absolutely fascinating ways of reading and understanding this Pasolini epic. But would I ever want to watch it again? Probably not.
May 9, 2005
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.
February 13, 2001
As disturbing as it set out to be. This may not be an enjoyable experience but it is definitely an experience.
January 1, 2000
Grim and pointless in equal measure.