The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker transposes the Marquis de Sade’s eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation to Italy in 1944 where four corrupted fascist libertines round up nine teenagers and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.
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The sets, wardrobe and cinematography are very good. That being said the whole movie is a giant "wtf?" moment. I get the ironic tone of it and the social criticism, but it's just disgusting and pointless. I don't consider myself a prude, sensible or conservative person, specially when it comes to movies, but I can't see the value of this. It all seems done for the sake of shock-value.
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.
The greatest portrayal of the perversions of fascists on film, this makes THE NIGHT PORTER look like THE WAY WE WERE. Beauty amongst the ugly:that big main dining room is gorgeous as are the placing of the actors in the setting. The fascists' justifications are as vulgar as their deeds. This film is an examination of evil not an evil film...well it may be a little evil.
Not quite as disturbing as I thought it was going to be (apart from the end), I guess because I didn't quite feel an emotional connect to most the characters. That being said, it's probably the grossest film I've ever seen and at that a great film just for its audacity alone. I can't quite say I enjoyed watching it, but I highly respect it as a magnificent and intelligent work of art. So ugly it's almost beautiful.
Pasolini's infamous masterpiece about a group of sadistic fascists who keep a group of 9 boys and 9 girls as sex slaves in a magnificent villa, remains a horrific and degrading descent into Hell. It's also a brilliant condemnation of Fascism and what Pasolini saw as the rape of a nation by neocapitalist forces. He holds the audience accountable in one of cinema's most shocking orgies of depravity.`
In the case of Salo, I think it's enough to watch 15-30 minutes of it to get the point. It's more about the concept than actually having to witness it all. Watching the whole thing make you complicit in what's going on. There is no great underlying message in this. I suppose the only redeeming factor would be that everyone enjoyed making it.
83/100 ~ GREAT. While the film has recently been heralded for its brazen look at a feature of life that most would turn away from, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom remains a detestable film with scenes of such discomfort that “enjoyment” of the film is completely unmanageable. Review: http://nextprojection.com/2014/04/11/pier-paolo-pasolini-poet-contamination-salo-120-days-sodom-review/