A loose adaptation of the Marquis de Sade'sThe 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini'sSalòis perhaps the most disturbing and disgusting film ever made. It is also one of the most important, offering a blistering critique of fascism and idealism that suggests moral redemption may be nothing but a myth. Criterion presentsSalòin its uncut, uncensored version.
When a film is labeled as “disturbing” –and particularly “very” disturbing—the cynic in me says: “Is this true for even a minority of film-goers or is it just a marketing ploy?” I cannot escape marketing influence how jaded I am or how much I claim otherwise. So I do linger a little longer over a decision whether to watch a disturbing movie than I would if that wasn’t a component of the description. Having outgrown the horror version of “disturbing” … more
"Salo" or "The 120 Days of Sodom" A Shocking Pasolini Amos Lassen "Salo" is a powerful movie that shakes us out of out casual attitude to film violence. It is a movie that has been condemned as pornographic and it leaves the viewer with strong impressions and he sits on the edge of his seat for the entire 140 minutes that passes as this movie plays. So strong is the film that many think that the director's, (Pier Paolo Pasolini) … more