Пазолини явно не старался тонко донести ужасы человеческой натуры в военное время, жертв оккупации, утративших свободу из-за парочки людей в костюмах и солдат, которые просто выполняли приказы и вскоре вернутся домой к своим девушкам. Этот посыл был донесен слишком в лоб, но думаю режиссеру больше понравилось снимать про говно, сперму, выкалывание глаз и прочую жопоеблю. Тяжелый фильм и его просмотр то еще испытание.
A prescient synthesis that speaks of a wicked control system that doesn’t disappear. Perhaps now we’re in a more advanced manifestation of the totalitarian consumerism indicted and, if not soothsayer, Pasolini knew it’s ceaseless march could only metaphorically continue this way. Salo reveals a horrid truth about the collusion of power and the commodification of those subject to the regime: in other words most of us.
Watched it as part of Michael Haneke's Carte Blanche at the Filmmuseum Frankfurt. Brings you to the border of cinematic experience, but I didn't feel really shocked afterwards. After all I sense too much of Pasolini's excitement for the sexual parts and it becomes repetitive and boring.
Difficult film to rate. Is it beautifully made — yes. Does it draw you in like a magnet, and forces you to be a willing, if not even an encouraging, spectator to acts of mindless violence — yes. Does it make you question humanity in a novel way — not sure. I understand the allusion to fascism, especially the betrayals and nonchalant waltz at the end, but I just feel this film has more bravery than depth.
The ultimate depraved movie? It tells about the evil actions people do when they come into power and can treat people like animals forcing teenagers into perverted sex and sick fantasies. The closest a film gaze into the evil of man's soul. If you finish the film you should congratulate yourself for surviving it together with your "masters" and "executioners" but don't expect to feel happy with life afterwards.
What can be said about Salò? First saw it as a 14 year old and could not figure out whether I was disgusted or (somewhat) aroused by what I was witnessing, but I for sure would never forget it. Pasolini was a bold director that may or may not have been assassinated because of this film, in which he exposes a truly dark side of humanity. As messed up as the film may be it is absolutely essential cinema.