Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • 1975
  • Italy
  • 1h 52min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Written by: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Citti
  • Cast: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto, Elsa De Giorgi, Hélène Surgère, Sonia Saviange, Renata Moar, Franco Merli, Inès Pellegrini
  • Language: Italian

Facist Italy, 1944. Four wealthy libertines gather in an abandoned mansion where they have assembled a group of young men and women who they subject to a series of sexual tortures. These abominations are depicted in graphic, repetitive and unflinching detail. To what purpose? For the wealthy hosts, because they can. For Pasolini, it's a comment on the nature of Mussolini's facist state. That's why this film is art, not mere gratuitous exploitation. In fact, it's a milestone in film history.

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