Salo, or The 120 Days Of Sodom (Salo o Le 120 Giornate Di Sodoma)
(out of 5)
Sick and disgusting, this film is strangely not without its odd appeal. After all, when you find out that a film has this much revolting imagery (people eating feces, that sort of thing) as well as controversial subject matter (orgies involving kinky torture) you just have to see it to believe it. Disappointingly enough, it’s not just nasty, it’s also really boring. Pasolini incorporates the writings of the Marquis de Sade into his screenplay to detail the corrosive nature of fascism as a group of seriously devoted party members kidnap teenagers they consider delinquent and lock them up in a mansion. There, they inflict the worst kinds of degradation on them, including perverted weddings, the aforementioned sexual activity and serious physical harm. Some of the images will make you not want to watch at all, but if you’re looking for anything redemptive I suggest you just avoid the experience completely. Rebellious filmmaking should be a lot more fun than this.
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli
Cast Tags: Aldo Valletti, Anna Maria Dossena, Anna Recchimuzzi, Antiniska Nemour, Antonio Orlando,Benedetta Gaetani, Bruno Musso, Carla Terlizzi, Caterina Boratto, Claudio Cicchetti, Claudio Troccoli, Dorit Henke, Efisio Etzi, Elsa De Giorgi, Ezio Manni, Fabrizio Menichini, Faridah Malik, Franco Merli, Gaspare Di Jenno, Giorgio Cataldi, Giuliana Melis, Giuliana Orlandi,Giuseppe Patruno, Graziella Aniceto, Guido Galletti, Hélène Surgère, Ines Pellegrini,Lamberto Book, Liana Acquaviva, Maurizio Valaguzza, Olga Andreis, Paola Pieracci, Paolo Bonacelli, Renata Moar, Rinaldo Missaglia, Sergio Fascetti, Sonia Saviange, Susanna Radaelli, Tatiana Mogilansky, Umberto Chessari, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle