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Salò: Fade to Black (2001)

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Retrospective documentary on the making of Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial last film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975).

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Retrospective documentary on the making of Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial last film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975).

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Excellent and illuminating documentary
29 July 2016 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

This 23-minute documentary centers on the storm of controversy surrounding Pier Paolo Pasolini's inflammatory final film "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom" upon its release. Bernardo Bertolluci admits he hated "Salo" and found it painful to watch the first time he saw it because he saw it a few days after Pasolini was gruesomely murdered by a youth who could have come out of one of Pasolini's movies. French director Catherine Breillat describes "Salo" as disturbing, but important, English director points out that "Salo" isn't remotely erotic, and professor David Forgacs states a credible case for "Salo" being more anti-pornographic than pornographic due to the fact that the movie doesn't fit into a conventional category of pornography. Among the other subjects discussed are how "Salo" was shot in a detached style with no point of identification, the police raiding a cinema in England that was showing an uncut print of the picture, that "Salo" is about the corruption of power, Pasolini thought that the innocence of the 1960's had faded and was disgusted with the youth in the 1970's as well as was worried about globalization, and the use of binoculars at the film's brutal conclusion makes voyeurs out of the audience watching the movie. Essential viewing for fans of "Salo," this documentary can be found as an extra on both the DVD and Blu-ray releases from The Criterion Collection.


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