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Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom (Salò o le centiventi giornate di Sodoma) (Italy/France, 1975)

Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
August 28, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Possibly the most notorious of all feature films, director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s final work comes by the distinction honestly, allegorically addressing the atrocities committed under Benito Mussolini.  Set in Fascist-occupied Italy in 1944, the film concerns four libertine authorities who kidnap 18 young men and women for a slowly-unfolding ritual of sexual depravity and torture.  Widely reviled, the film has also been praised as an uncompromising masterpiece.

Producer: Alberto Grimaldi. Screenwriter: P. Pasolini, based on the book “The 100 Days of Sodom” by the Marquis de Sade. Cinematographer: Tonino Delli Colli. Editor: Nino Baragli. Cast: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Uberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto. 

35mm, color, in Italian with English subtitles, 114 min.