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

  • Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini

  • Italy/France, 1975, Italian, 117mins, DCP, Category III

  • Cast: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle

Transposing Marquis de Sade's 18th century novel to Mussolini's Republic of 1944, Pasolini's final work is epitaphed with his lifelong scathing denunciation of political atrocities and social ruins. As shocking and repulsive as it is thought-provoking, this brutal study of sex and power involves four potentates – the Duke, the Bishop, the Magistrate and the President – abusing and torturing eighteen youths for their sadistic pleasure. Exposing rape, coprophagy, mutilation and murder under precision framing, this revolting demonstration of sadism explicitly linked with fascism remains an enduring legacy - impossible to watch, yet essential to see.

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