Salò or the 120 days of Sodom


Castro Theatre Sat, Sep 10, 2022 10:00 PM
Film Info
Running Time:116 min.
Language:Italian (with English subtitles)
Director:Pier Paolo Pasolini
Producer:Alberto Grimaldi
Screenwriter:Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cinematographer:Tonino Delli Colli
Editor:Nino Baragli
Cast:Paolo Bonacelli
Giorgio Cataldi. Umberto P.Quintavalle
Aldo Valletti
Caterina Boratto
Elsa De Giorgi
Hélène Surgère
Sonia Saviange
Courtesy of:Distr. Park Circus Print from Cinecittá.


Pasolini’s infamous final film transposes the Marquis de Sade’s 18th century treatise on torture to Mussolini’s Italy circa 1944. A group of representatives of the wealthy upper classes—a Duke, a Bishop, a Magistrate, and naturally, the President—have holed themselves up in a palatial estate in the titular city of Salò, where they have imprisoned a horde of young men and women to torment for their pleasure. Salò, a town in Northern Italy, was briefly made the capital under Benito Mussolini’s Fascist government in 1943-1945. The story, rife with political implications, is in four segments, inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy. Pasolini’s controversial masterpiece makes disturbingly literal the way the rich exploit the poor. Salò descends into the abyss until not a fleck of light remains.

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