Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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The notorious final film from Pier Paolo Pasolini (Mamma Roma), Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, has been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic . . . It’s also a masterpiece. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation to Fascist Italy in 1944 remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • “Salò”: Yesterday and Today, a thirty-three-minute 2002 documentary featuring interviews with director Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini friend Ninetto Davoli • Fade to Black, a twenty-three-minute 2001 documentary featuring directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, and John Maybury, as well as scholar David Forgacs • The End of “Salò,” a forty-minute documentary about the film’s production • Video interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and director and film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack • Theatrical trailer • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Neil Bartlett, Breillat, Naomi Greene, Sam Rohdie, Roberto Chiesi, and Gary Indiana, and excerpts from Gideon Bachmann’s on-set diary
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The film is set up in four stages, the first being the ante-inferno, which refers to those who are not quite condemned to hell but also not allowed into heaven either. The film's setting is meant to feel like a brief moment in purgatory with its isolated party of characters doing unspeakable things before judgment, and then it all must end. The second stage is the circle of manias, or obsession, where we see the sexual humiliation of the film manifest itself further. The third stage is the circle of excrement, which is where we see the characters consume feces. Pasolini has used this as a metaphor broadly for the perverse level of consumption depicted in the film overall, and directly as a commentary on mass-produced foods and consumerism.Read more ›
There aren't any extras on the Criterion DVD in my possession, apart of a written essay delivered in the case. The colours are sad and, unfortunately, SALO being extremely verbose, the subtitles most of the time hide a great part of the action on the screen.
Now for the movie itself. Everybody has understood that SALO is an allegory about fascism using the disguise of an illustration of the Marquis de Sade novel. That's all. So why all the fuss about this movie ? Simply because it was the first time that a reknown director explicitly showed on screen sexual perversions implying scatology and torture. Now if this film has stopped in any way the rise of the fascism in the world, I let you find the answer by yourselves.
It's a powerful expression of disgust for the modern times. And shows us Passolini's infernal vision to the eternal darkness of humanity.
It's hard to watch and stand the torture scenes. But the film itself is not disgusting at all! There is a wonderful esthetic during the movie, even in the torture scenes. (Like the enchanting chorus "Veris Leta Facies" from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana which was playing during the most terrfying tortures)
Probably it's Passolini's masterpiece... And a must see for the cinema specialists...
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Pretentious, sadistic, horrid, disgusting, I ended up throwing it out. Passolini at his most twisted.Published 23 months ago by Robert C. Mercier
For me, this was not worth more than one viewing. I was curious about the controversy and merit of this film. Read morePublished on July 1 2014 by nobody
I finally sat down and watched this whole thing in one sitting (I've seen bits of it before). I guess it's kind of a documentary. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2014 by Len the Sound Guy
I bought this DVD out of interest and found the film quite boring, no point in watching it, bunch of perverted people aimlessly enjoying humilating others, doesn't deserve the... Read morePublished on July 26 2009 by Richard T. Daoud
Visually, a triumph of cinematic art. Morally. a greater triumph still, as it shows the depths to which humans are capable of sinking under certain circumstances. Power corrupts. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2008 by J. Komar
This is the most twisted, worthless movie of all time. All copies of it should be destroyed. Do not waste your money on it. Amazon should remove it as a item for sale.Published on Oct. 3 2008 by moth
This is a real life snuff film. If you watch it you're just as disgusting as the maker.Published on June 6 2005
The conspiracy theories, the bootlegs, the ceremonial passing around of 'sealed' copies (gonna watch it, son?) on eBay for obscene amounts of money... Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by S. Lu