Pasolini's last film is one of the strangest films I've ever seen. It's also one of the most uncomfortable. Based loosely on the Marquis de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom the film transports that work to fascist Italy in the ending days of WWII.
A group of powerful men kidnap a large group of young innocents and essentially turn them into their personal slaves. The point of all this seems to be that power has the ability to currupt totally.
The images on the screen are some of the most depraved that have been committed to film. Pasolini is more indebted in my mind to Dante than to deSade. The film is presented in "Circles" much like Dante's Inferno.
This is not a film that you will want to see over and over. It is not a film in any way erotic. It is a film that will make you think and evaluate man's place in society.
Is it worth the price of the DVD? More than likely not, but Criterion has found this to be one of the most important films of the 20th Century. Watcher beware and " Abandon all hopes ye who enter here."