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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
"Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, War  |  10 January 1976 (Italy)
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Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to a hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paolo Bonacelli ...
Giorgio Cataldi ...
The Bishop
Umberto Paolo Quintavalle ...
The Magistrate (as Umberto P. Quintavalle)
Aldo Valletti ...
The President
Caterina Boratto ...
Signora Castelli
Elsa De Giorgi ...
Signora Maggi
Hélène Surgère ...
Signora Vaccari (as Helene Surgere)
Sonia Saviange ...
The Pianist
Sergio Fascetti ...
Male Victim
Bruno Musso ...
Male Victim
Antonio Orlando ...
Male Victim
Claudio Cicchetti ...
Male Victim
Franco Merli ...
Male Victim
Umberto Chessari ...
Male Victim
Lamberto Book ...
Male Victim
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Storyline

Set in the Nazi-controlled, northern Italian state of Salo in 1944, four dignitaries round up sixteen perfect specimens of youth and take them together with guards, servants and studs to a palace near Marzabotto. In addition, there are four middle-aged women: three of whom recount arousing stories whilst the fourth accompanies on the piano. The story is largely taken up with their recounting the stories of Dante and De Sade: the Circle of Manias, the Circle of Shit and the Circle of Blood. Following this, the youths are executed whilst each libertine takes his turn as voyeur. Written by <andrewm@kbss.bt.co.uk>

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Banned in Australia for 17 years - Now for the first time Australian audiences have the opportunity to judge one of the most controversial films in the history of cinema. A work of rigorous moral intelligence or a descent into a nightmare of cruelty and lust? (1993) See more »

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Drama | War

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Release Date:

10 January 1976 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom  »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 1,786,578 (Sweden)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First part of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Death". The subsequent two parts were never filmed because Pasolini was murdered a few months after he had finished this movie. The trilogy was intended to complement the previous "Trilogy of Life", including The Decameron (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972) and Arabian Nights (1974). See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film a 1948 Fiat 500 B can be seen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[four men, sitting at a table, each sign a booklet]
The Duke: Your Excellency.
The Magistrate: Mr. President.
The President: My lord.
The Bishop: All's good if it's excessive.
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Crazy Credits

Essential Bibliography: Roland Barthes: 'Sade, Fourier, Loyola' (Editions du Seuil); Maurice Blanchot: "Lautréamont et Sade' (Editions de Minuit; in Italy Dedalo Libri); Simone de Beauvoir: 'Faut-il brûler Sade' (Editions Gaimard); Pierre Klossowski: 'Sade mon prochain, le philosophe scélérat' (Editions du Seuil; in Italy SugarCo Edizioni); Philippe Sollers: 'L'écriture et l'experience des limites' (Editions du Seuil) See more »

Connections

Featured in Salò: Fade to Black (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude in E minor
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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User Reviews

 
A necessary evil
16 March 2005 | by (Trieste) – See all my reviews

This is a tough one. Pasolini was a very complicated man. He was murdered in still-unexplained circumstances shortly after the film was completed. I was 10 years old when this movie was finished, but I only saw it now. Despite being almost 30 years old, Salo is probably the most cruel and repulsive film ever made, not just here in Italy but in the whole world. It depicts the worse atrocities inflicted to humans by humans. The true dark side of human nature: When evil is born out of simple boredom, when it comes naturally. It is a film that I don't want to see ever again, but at the same time I'm glad it was made. I thought hated it at first, but I now I realized is not true. Of course I don't love it either. I can't decide how to judge it. I don't like the cinematography or the acting. But it was definitely one of the most profound emotional experiences of revulsion I've had in a film. It is a necessary evil if you can endure it.


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