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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom ()

Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (original title)
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In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

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The Duke
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The Bishop
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The Magistrate (as Umberto P. Quintavalle)
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The President
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Signora Castelli
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Signora Maggi
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Signora Vaccari (as Helene Surgere)
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The Pianist
Sergio Fascetti ...
Male Victim
Bruno Musso ...
Carlo Porro - Male Victim
Antonio Orlando ...
Tonino - Male Victim
Claudio Cicchetti ...
Male Victim
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Male Victim
Umberto Chessari ...
Male Victim
Lamberto Book ...
Lamberto Gobbi - Male Victim
Gaspare Di Jenno ...
Rino - Male Victim
Giuliana Melis ...
Female Victim
Faridah Malik ...
Fatimah - Female Victim
Graziella Aniceto ...
Female Victim
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Female Victim
Dorit Henke ...
Female Victim
Antiniska Nemour ...
Female Victim (as Antinisca Nemour)
Benedetta Gaetani ...
Female Victim
Olga Andreis ...
Eva - Female Victim
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Daughter
Susanna Radaelli ...
Daughter
Giuliana Orlandi ...
Daughter
Liana Acquaviva ...
Daughter
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Guard
Giuseppe Patruno ...
Guard
Guido Galletti ...
Guard
Efisio Etzi ...
Guard
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Collaborator
Fabrizio Menichini ...
Collaborator
Maurizio Valaguzza ...
Collaborator
Ezio Manni ...
Collaborator
Paola Pieracci ...
Wife
Carla Terlizzi ...
Wife
Anna Maria Dossena ...
Wife
Anna Recchimuzzi ...
Wife
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The Slave Girl
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The President (uncredited) (voice)
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Signora Vaccari (uncredited) (voice)
Giorgio Caproni ...
The Bishop (uncredited) (voice)
Alessandro Gennari ...
OVRA Officer (uncredited)
Marco Lucantoni ...
First Male Victim (uncredited)
Aurelio Roncaglia ...
The Magistrate (uncredited) (voice)
Giancarlo Vigorelli ...
The Duke (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Pier Paolo Pasolini

Written by

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Pier Paolo Pasolini ... (written by)
 
Pupi Avati ... (additional scriptwork) (uncredited)
 
Marquis de Sade ... (novel "Les 120 Journées de Sodome") (uncredited)

Produced by

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Alberto Grimaldi ... producer
Alberto De Stefanis ... producer (uncredited)
Antonio Girasante ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

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Tonino Delli Colli ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Nino Baragli

Editorial Department

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Ugo De Rossi ... assistant editor
Alfredo Menchini ... assistant editor
Enzo Ocone ... post production

Production Design by

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Dante Ferretti

Set Decoration by

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Osvaldo Desideri

Costume Design by

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Danilo Donati

Makeup Department

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Giusy Bovino ... hair stylist (as Giusi Bovino)
Osvaldo Desideri ... makeup artist
Alfredo Tiberi ... makeup artist

Production Management

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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

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Umberto Angelucci ... first assistant director
Fiorella Infascelli ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Maria-Teresa Barbasso ... draughtswoman
Italo Tomassi ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Fausto Ancillai ... sound mixer
Massimo Anzellotti ... sound effects editor
Giorgio Loviscek ... sound
Domenico Pasquadibisceglie ... sound
Giuseppina Sagliano ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Alfredo Tiberi ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Vanni Castellani ... costume assistant

Music Department

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Arnaldo Graziosi ... musician: piano

Other crew

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Beatrice Banfi ... script supervisor
Sergio Citti ... assistant screenwriter
Vittorio Cudia ... assistant secretary
Maurizio Forti ... administrator
Alberto Grimaldi ... presenter
Pietro Innocenti ... administrator
Nico Naldini ... publicist
Pupi Avati ... assistant screenwriter (uncredited)
Marco Bellocchio ... voice dubbing: Aldo Valletti (uncredited)
Laura Betti ... voice dubbing: Hélène Surgère (uncredited)
Giorgio Caproni ... voice dubbing: Giorgio Cataldi (uncredited)
Aurelio Roncaglia ... voice dubbing: Umberto Paolo Quintavalle (uncredited)
Giancarlo Vigorelli ... voice dubbing: Paolo Bonacelli (uncredited)

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Roland Barthes ... bibliography: Sade, Fourier, Loyola
Maurice Blanchot ... bibliography: Lautréamont et Sade
Simone de Beauvoir ... bibliography: Faut-il brûler Sade?
Pierre Klossowski ... bibliography: Sade mon prochain - Le Philosophe scélérat
Philippe Sollers ... bibliography: L'écriture et l'expérience des limites

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Nazi-Fascist Northern Italy, 1943-44. Four senior members of government, aided by henchmen and Nazi soldiers, kidnap a group of young men and women. They hold them for 120 days, subjecting them to all manner of torture, perversion and degradation. Written by grantss

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Salo ou les 120 journées de Sodome (France)
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (World-wide, English title)
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (United States)
  • Saló o los 120 días de Sodoma (Spain)
  • Salo eller Sodomas 120 dager (Norway)
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  • 117 min
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Trivia Despite the grim subject throughout the film, in an interview on the second disc of the Criterion Collection box set, actress Hélène Surgère claimed the mood was actually rather jovial on the set and that none of the teenage actors were actually harmed or traumatized. She said the abundance of teenagers who had never acted before led the mood to be happy and at times, even fun, with the cast often playing practical jokes on each other. She also said that the movie was literally "made" in the editing room and the filmmakers had no idea how grim a movie it was until they saw the finished product at the premiere. See more »
Goofs In the beginning of the film a 1948 Fiat 500 B can be seen. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Prelude in C minor See more »
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 »
Quotes The President: [while eating a meal of feces] Carlo, do this with your fingers.
[the President sticks two fingers in his mouth]
The President: And say, "I can't eat rice with my fingers like this."
Male Victim: [with fingers in his mouth] I can't eat rice.
The President: Then eat shit.
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