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
Estremo è dire poco:una grottesca parata delle peggiori perversioni umane sotto il segno di un'eleganza stilistica e formale di grande bellezza.Il film è tutto un gioco di proporre l unione fra sacro e profano,eleganza e volgarità,bellezza e pornografia.Pasolini si spinge al limite,crea disgusto,tende a scioccare e riesce nel suo intento demolitore per suscitare ribrezzo verso l'essere umano.Scioccante davvero.3,5*
Salo is the craziest film I've seen since I saw Sweet Movie two years ago. Considering how desensitized I've become, it was almost refreshing to be as shocked, disgusted, and horrified as I was by this film. Brilliant re-purposing of a Sadistic tale to satirize Fascist Italy. Not for the feint of heart.
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”
How many films have you seen in which exploding bombs in the distance provide its most comforting moments? It takes conviction and a true vision to make a film this bleak. With confidence and pleasure… read review
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