Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Posted: January 5, 2011 in Shock

FYI: This controversial film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini (who was murdered shortly after its release) is based on the book, The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade. It is very graphic in nature so viewer beware! It’s still banned in Australia!

This notorious film is set in the Republic of Salo of Italy in a fascist area in 1944. Four old political guys (including the president) decided to marry each others’ daughters in the start of a bizarre ritual. They then orchestrated the kidnappings of 18 young men and women. They took them to a palace where they subjected them to violence, sex and corruption.

Now, back to what I was talking about before, how this film is MORE. It takes talent to be able to direct a film with complete balance between art and obscenity. I knew what I was seeing, and that it was repulsive, but it didn’t feel that way.

The reason for me was the camera work. There were lots of long shots, figures in a hallway, a person at the foot of the stairs, someone through a window.

The movie has a charm and grandeur to it that cushions everything else that may be objectionable.

This film is clever in that way, because you lose sight of the seriousness. Several parts are just plain funny, other scenes are visually beautiful, until the ending, when the reality of it comes crashing back down.

If you are used to these sorts of films and haven’t seen it I’d say watch it. But I know there are some of you out there who are new to the exploitation genre, and to you I would say have caution! This is not the type of movie you invite a new girlfriend to watch with you, or watch “just for fun”. You might hate it or think it’s brilliant, but the bottom line is that it’s a real piece of work.

  1. negar says:

    hello ineed aphoto a film salo

  2. sittingpugs says:

    I saw 120 Days of Sodom in a film class. I know what you mean by: “Several parts are just plain funny, other scenes are visually beautiful, until the ending, when the reality of it comes crashing back down.”

    I saw Cannibal Holocaust in that same class; I’ve seen Irreversible and Anti-Christ of my own accord, and Pasolini’s film remains the most disturbing film I’ve ever seen. Speaking strictly visually, other films are equally if not more pronounced on the gross factor. And yet, Salo hits another nerve. It leaves a stronger after-taste in my mind.

  3. loppintesa says:

    he means he needs picture of film.

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