Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

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Overview

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. ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

"Salò": Yesterday and Today, a thirty-three minute Documentary featuring Interviews with Director Pier Paolo Pasolini, Actor-Filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini friend Nineto Davoli; ; Fade to Black, a twenty-three-minute Documentary featuring Directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, and John Maybury, as well as scholar David Forgacs; ; The End of "Salò," a forty-minute Documentary about the film's production; ; Video Interviews with Set Designer Dante Ferretti and Director and Film Scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin; ; Theatrical Trailer; ; Plus: A Booklet Featuring essays by Neil Bartlett, Breillat, Naomi Greene, Sam Rohdie, Roberto Chiesi, and Gary Indiana, and excerpts from Gideon Bachman's on-set diary
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom is an intensely challenging film, an endurance test which some will find provocative and rewarding, but which many are likely to find repulsive and repugnant. Viewers should be warned: this is not an easy film to watch by any stretch of the imagination. The entire film is a series of increasingly violent and humiliating exercises in sadism, which become increasingly graphic as the film progresses; the final "Circle of Death" is excruciating to view. Yet it is not simply the explicitness of the decadence and cruelty on display that makes Salo the uniquely disturbing experience that it is. Indeed, other films are more graphic in this area. But these other films tend to present these experiences in an ironic, campy or otherwise contextual manner that lessens their impact. Salo takes a purposely distancing view, a "hands off" approach that is much more harrowing and that relentlessly drives home its intended atmosphere of hopelessness and impotence. Its creator, Pier Paolo Pasolini is intent on getting across his message that there are depths of humanity that are intensely vile and repulsive and that to ignore the existence of this can only lead to its re-emergence and domination. He is also making implicit statements about how this depravity is a feature of both Fascism and capitalism. Pasolini purposely makes Salo a disturbing and disgusting experience to drive home his points; whether a viewer feels that sitting through two hours of sadism in order to absorb this point is worthwhile or not will influence his reaction to the work. Objectively, however, it can be said that Pasolini's intentionally static direction is impressive, as is his ability to create tension despite this static quality, and that {Torino Delli Colli's cinematography and the physical production are stunning.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • UPC: 715515087414
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,181

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paolo Bonacelli The Duke
Giorgio Cataldi The Bishop
Umberto Paolo Quintavalle Chief Magistrate
Aldo Valletti The President
Caterina Boratto Signora Castelli
Elsa De Giorgi Signora Vaccari
Hélène Surgère Signora Vaccari
Sonia Saviange The Piano Virtuoso
Sergio Fascetti Masked Victim
Bruno Musso Masked Victim
Antonio Orlando Masked Victim
Claudio Cicchetti Masked Victim
Franco Merli Masked Victim
Umberto Chessari Masked Victim
Lamberto Book Masked Victim
Gaspare DiJenno Masked Victim
Giuliana Melis Female Victim
Faridah Malik Female Victim
Graziella Aniceto Female Victim
Renata Moar Female Victim
Dorit Henke Female Victim
Antinisca Nemour Female Victim
Benedetta Gaetani Female Victim
Olga Andreis Female Victim
Tatiana Mogilansky Young Woman
Susanna Radaelli Young Woman
Giuliana Orlandi Young Woman
Liana Acquaviva Young Woman
Rinaldo Missaglia Young soldier
Giuseppe Patruno Young Soldier
Guido Galletti Young Soldier
Efioso Etzi Young Soldier
Claudio Troccoli Collaborator
Fabrizio Menichini Collaborator
Maurizio Valaguzza Collaborator
Ezio Manni Collaborator
Paola Pieracci Procuress/servant
Carla Terlizzi Procuress/servant
Anna Maria Dossena Procuress/servant
Anna Recchimuzzi Procuress/servant
Ines Pellegrini The slavegirl
Marco Bellocchio Voice Only
Laura Betti Voice Only
Michel Piccoli Voice Only
Caterina Bonacelli
Technical Credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini Director, Screenwriter
Nino Baragli Editor
Tatiana Casini Editor
Sergio Citti Screenwriter
Tonino Delli Colli Cinematographer
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Alberto Grimaldi Producer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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Customer Reviews

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    This is a great film. Fun ALL THE WAY. It will grab your attenti

    This is a great film. Fun ALL THE WAY. It will grab your attention from the beginning and take you through an action-packed ride. This movie is PERFECT for a family evening. I have no doubt that people of all ages will find this movie extremely enjoyable and satisfying.

    This movie also has great rewatchability. I assure you that you will never get tired of this movie. It gets better and better after every watch. What are you waiting for? Buy this right now and invite all of your friends and family for the perfect evening.

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    The piece is very disturbing and not for the faint of heart. At times it seemed as if it were being especially shocking for the sake of appalling the viewer. However histoically accurate it may have been, there were moments when I felt the whole thing was over the top ridiculous. I wouldn't suggest this film to anyone.

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