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Writers:
Pier Paolo Pasolini (written by) and
Sergio Citti (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 January 1976 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Film of Rage and Sadness See more (356 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Paolo Bonacelli ... The Duke
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
Gaspare Di Jenno ... Male Victim
Giuliana Melis ... Female Victim
Faridah Malik ... Female Victim
Graziella Aniceto ... Female Victim
Renata Moar ... Female Victim
Dorit Henke ... Female Victim
Antiniska Nemour ... Female Victim (as Antinisca Nemour)
Benedetta Gaetani ... Female Victim
Olga Andreis ... Female Victim
Tatiana Mogilansky ... Daughter
Susanna Radaelli ... Daughter
Giuliana Orlandi ... Daughter
Liana Acquaviva ... Daughter
Rinaldo Missaglia ... Guard
Giuseppe Patruno ... Guard
Guido Galletti ... Guard
Efisio Etzi ... Guard
Claudio Troccoli ... Collaborator
Fabrizio Menichini ... Collaborator
Maurizio Valaguzza ... Collaborator
Ezio Manni ... Collaborator
Paola Pieracci ... Wife
Carla Terlizzi ... Wife
Anna Maria Dossena ... Wife
Anna Recchimuzzi ... Wife
Ines Pellegrini ... The Slave Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marco Lucantoni ... First Male Victim (uncredited)

Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini  written by and
Sergio Citti  screenplay collaborator

Pupi Avati  uncredited
Marquis de Sade  novel "Les 120 Journées de Sodome" (uncredited)

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
Alberto De Stefanis .... producer (uncredited)
Antonio Girasante .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
Tatiana Casini Morigi 
Enzo Ocone 
 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
 
Set Decoration by
Osvaldo Desideri 
 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
 
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... hair stylist (as Giusi Bovino)
Osvaldo Desideri .... makeup artist
Alfredo Tiberi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Renzo David .... production supervisor
Alberto De Stefanis .... unit manager
Antonio Girasante .... production manager
Alessandro Mattei .... production supervisor
Angelo Zemella .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Umberto Angelucci .... first assistant director
Fiorella Infascelli .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... draughtswoman
Italo Tomassi .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Giorgio Loviscek .... sound
Domenico Pasquadibisceglie .... sound
Giuseppina Sagliano .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Alfredo Tiberi .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sandro Battaglia .... first assistant camera
Deborah Imogen Beer .... still photographer (as Deborah Beer)
Emilio Bestetti .... camera operator
Giancarlo Granatelli .... second assistant camera
Carlo Tafani .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vanni Castellani .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist (digitally restored version)
Ugo De Rossi .... assistant editor
Alfredo Menchini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Arnaldo Graziosi .... musician: piano
 
Other crew
Beatrice Banfi .... script supervisor
Vittorio Cudia .... assistant secretary
Maurizio Forti .... administrator
Alberto Grimaldi .... presenter
Pietro Innocenti .... administrator
Nico Naldini .... publicist
Marco Bellocchio .... voice dubbing: Aldo Valletti (uncredited)
Laura Betti .... voice dubbing: Hélène Surgère (uncredited)
Giorgio Caproni .... voice dubbing: Giorgio Cataldi (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
116 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (2010) | Australia:(Banned) (1976-1993) (1998-2010) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 (2001) | Finland:(Banned) (1976) | France:16 | France:X (original rating) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (2005) | Hungary:18 | Italy:(Banned) (original rating) | Italy:VM18 (re-rating after appeal) | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:D (cut) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) (2001) (uncut) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (2005) (video premiere) | Norway:(Banned) (1976-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:Unrated | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:15 (uncut) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) (alternate footage) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2000) (uncut) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:(Banned) (cinema release) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut) (original rating)

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Trivia:
When the movie premiered in West-Germany in February 1976 it was confiscated by the state attorney in order to ban it. The district-court of Stuttgart classified it as pornographic and violence-praising. A few days later though the movie was permitted for entire West-Germany.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Pier Paolo Pasolini (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Son tanto tristeSee more »

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82 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
A Film of Rage and Sadness, 29 May 2007
Author: BackFire83 from United States

Salo, the final film by Pasolini, is far and away the most affecting film I've ever seen of it's type. The images that it shows will stay with every viewer forever, they are unforgettable. Yet, you will wish you could forget them.

The film is about a group of rich Fascists during WWII-Nazi Occupied Italy, where they kidnap a group of 18 youngsters, allowing only physically perfect specimins to stay, and subject them to various forms of mental, physical and sexual torture over the next 120 Days. The torture starts off in a sexual nature--Sodomy, rape, humiliation and so on-- and slowly degrades and descends into mental and physical torture. Just when you think what you are seeing can't get worse, it does, ten-fold.

What makes Salo so brutally shocking and disturbing is its uncompromised and blunt way of showing the acts of horror. It is a very quiet and slow film, mostly shot using static and still cameras, it feels more like a documentary than a fictional film. It's clear upon viewing, that Pasolini wanted to remind us all that violence should not be entertainment. As such, every act of violence and degredation is drained of all its possible energy and excitement, and shown in a sad, painful light. Nothing is sugar coated, nothing is softened. This film is an attack on our desensitized feelings towards violence. Yet, at the same time, the film purposely desensitizes us to certain acts -- Such as rape. We see it so much during the film that it becomes "normality" to us, we barely raise an eyebrow. Upon realizing this, one also realizes how the horrible acts shown in the film are possible, and it's a terrible realization.

Salo continues to descend until at the end, when we are taken to the punishing grounds, where various rule breakers are tortured and murdered. This final sequence is the most harrowing and effective I've ever seen in a film. As the victims are tortured and murdered, each one of the fascist rulers take turns as voyer, watching from a second story window, far enough away to not hear the screams of terror and pain. And we watch with him. The film attempts to equate our viewing of this film to their viewing of the executions, after all, we're watching these acts for "entertainment", just as he is. And we distance ourselves from the acts in order to enjoy them, as he does by watching through binoculars far away. It's a savage and truthful attack, one that is impossible to deny.

Also incredibly unsettling is the inherent joy that the villains (Heroes?) feel at their victims pain, sadness and discomfort. Sometimes even to the point of sexual arousal. There is a scene where a girl is crying because her mother died trying to save her from these people. She is completely naked as she weeps, to us, she's the picture of vulnerability and sadness, to the fascists, it's the most exciting thing they've seen all day. The fascists all stand and watch her weep with the utmost sexualexcitement. It is terrifying. It's scenes like these that set Salo apart from other "gross out" movies. Some of the most affecting and frightening scenes are ones where there is quiet, watching the expressions and reactions of people to the various horrible acts.

Salo is a film of rage and sadness. It is a film that asks you to hate humanity, to hate what we're capable of; to look in the mirror and hate yourself. Then weep because nothing can be done about it. Nothing will ever change..

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