This 33-minute documentary provides an informative take on both the making of and subsequent controversy surrounding Pier Paolo Pasolini's shocking last film "Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom." The vintage archive interview with Pasolini in particular is especially invaluable, for it gives Pasolini the opportunity to explain that the sex in the movie was meant as a metaphor on power and those subjected to it as well as how the body in modern consumerist society has been reduced to a commodity and the pressure society puts on people to conform. Moreover, Pasolini reveals that although he cast many of the teenagers from off of the street he still treated them as professional actors and that he edited the picture while shooting it. The footage of Pasolini filming the final brutal scenes of torture and violence show him to be a very precise, yet relaxed director who did his best to keep things calm and easygoing on the set. In addition, Jean-Claude Biette discusses doing the French dub for "Salo" and how he was initially shocked when he first saw it, but has since realized on repeat viewings that the movie does have moments of dark humor. Actress Helene Surgere reveals that the mood on the set was jovial and immature because of the abundance of inexperienced adolescent actors as well as notes that the police were present on the set to keep everybody safe and bemoans the fact that the picture was banned in Italy when it was first released. Ninetto Davoli praises "Salo" as a masterpiece that fiercely critiques the toxic direction Italian society took in the mid-1970's. Essential viewing for fans of the film.
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