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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Yesterday i saw this movie at cinema. It was the restored version (by the "Cineteca di Bologna") that it won at Venice's festival.
Next to me there were Gideon Bachmann and Paolo Bonacelli!!
Salò is a huge masterpiece and PPP was a prophet...
This is one masterpiece that I wouldn't recommend to just anyone, but certainly to mature individuals who can step back and open their minds. This would be difficult, if not impossible, to classify as entertainment. However, it is a unique and thought-provoking view of human beings.
A truly genius analogy in the corruption and perversion in human nature to control and destroy. However even more powerful I find the personal statement made to every viewer - the paradox is all our natures to enjoy the aesthetic experience, the art that this film is, at the same time being shocked in self-disgust at the subject matter, at human cruelty and being somehow a part of it as the viewer.
For me, the most horrible movie which has been made. Pasolini shows the connection of power and sadism. And at the end he connects the spectators gaze with the gaze of the sadistic fascists: The pure horror: just visible; not audible!