Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Four fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of physical, mental and sexual torture.
November 2018

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$11 regular admission
$9 matinees (before 6pm)
$9 students/seniors/active military with valid ID
$8 MdFF Members
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
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Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini


1975, Italy and France, 117 minutes, Digital

Language: Italian, French, German with English subtitles

Distributor: MGM

A three film celebration of notoriously censored films, complimenting the opening weekend of Sickies Making Films at the SNF Parkway.

Program Notes

As described in the notes and quotes below, this vividly horrific vision from master auteur Pier Paolo Pasolini is at once uniquely striking and sickening. A BANNED film like no other, Salò is among the most infamous and challenging works of Italian cinema and decidedly not a film for every viewer.

The notorious final film from Pier Paolo Pasolini, 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.

“This film is essential to have seen but impossible to watch: a viewer may find life itself defiled beyond redemption by the simple fact that such things can be shown or even imagined.”
— Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Whether we try to hide behind our hands or a window, we don’t want to miss a second of the bloody torments of which we are both victim and satiated accomplice.”
— Catherine Breillat (dir. Fat Girl), Criterion

“Very hard to take, but in its own way an essential work.”
— Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader

“I can’t think of a reason in the world that anyone should subject him or herself to this.”
— Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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