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Sal˛ o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975)

Director:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Thriller
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Salˇ, or the 120 days of Sodom
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Salˇ eller Sodomas 120 dager
RUNNING TIME
116 minutes
Producer:
Alberto Grimaldi
Screenwriter:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Sergio Citti


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
The Duke Paolo Bonacelli
The Bishop Giorgio Cataldi
The Magistrate Umperto P. Quintavalle
The President Aldo Valletti
Signora Castelli Caterina Boratto
Signora Maggi Elsa De Giorgi
Signara Vaccari Helene Surgere

 

Review

This stiff and dehumanized film about an oppressive elite's sadistic torture and sexual abuse of a group of teenagers in Fascist Italy in 1944 is amongst Pasolini's most controversial but also least artistically accomplished films. He may have gotten the idea for this speculative project from Marquis de Sade's famous novel, but in addition to being vile and enormously tasteless, the film is also empty and completely irreverent. Pasolini is only interested in his own sensationalistic images and anecdotes, not in storytelling or the characters' psyche. And the fascism parable turns out to be little more than a leftist's miserable excuse for self-satisfication. The only interesting aspect of Sal˛ is the fact that it was actually made, and what this says about the artistic atmosphere which existed during the 1970s.

 

Copyright ę 13.4.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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