Pier Paolo Pasolini’s notorious final film, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, has been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic . . . it’s also a masterpiece. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s 18th-century opus of torture and degradation to 1944 Fascist Italy remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in. —The Criterion Collection
Born in Bologna in 1922, Pier Paolo Pasolini left behind a searing legacy that haunts contemporary Italy more than thirty years after his death. More than anyone, Pasolini gazed deeply into Italy’s role in the spread of Fascism and, more controversially, the continuing influence of its ideas in post-war Europe. For him, this was a matter of great personal significance; his father was a soldier in the Fascist Army (he had once protected Mussolini from an assassination attempt) while his brother joined the resistance only to be murdered in an ambush. This personal trauma coincided with a period of intellectual development as Pasolini engaged with Marxist philosophy; especially the works of Antonio Gramsci, the founder of Italy’s Communist Party (PCI). His relationship with the PCI, however, was tense. As a poet and intellectual, Pasolini scrutinized his fellow Communists as critically as he did bourgeois society. His enemies retaliated by targeting his personal life; the first instance… read more
"Fuck Amok." Seen for the first time in the cinema - and I recommend everybody see it this way, as the inevitable walkouts seem central to the viewing experience!
well the point is clearly made - fascism sucks and makes people eat shit against their will
I can't find quite the right words to explain the magnificence of this film. Most see it as twisted pornography, whilst many cannot quite decipher it's message. Influenced by Dante's Inferno and Marquis de Sade's School of Libertinism, he forged a satirical disaster against Fascism and it's many faces. This film is a personal triumph for Pasolini, and scarred an ill-formed legacy upon Italy after his murder.
Moralizing and the erotic relations between porn, cinema & the state stripped bare.
On the occasion of new DVDs by Criterion and a MoMA retrospective, a look at Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Trilogy of Life” and Salò.
Remembering not only “Italy’s major post-war intellectual,” but one of the world’s as well.
Pasolini’s second-to-last interview, long believed to have been lost, now appears here in English for first time.
A rediscovered interview, a new issue, a fresh round of lists of the best of 2011.
Until the End of the World @ 20. Omer Fast’s 5000 Feet Is the Best. Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho — and more.
La Repubblica and other Italian news organizations are reporting that Caterina Boratto has died in Rome at the age of 95. Among the films
The Fearful Symmetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Salò”
Pretty sick, and pretty significant but I didn’t connect to this one quite as well as I connect to most 70s flicks dealing with the same sort of thing ie The Devils. Very good though, loved the architecture… read review
Originally written September 28, 2008.
“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” —Benito Mussolini
“Smedley Butler… read review
A little absurd, though not really as disturbing as some would make it out to be. I tend to find myself more bothered by acts performed on others when an attachment is developed between myself and… read review