Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (The Criterion Collection)
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SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
The End of Salò, a 40-minute documentary about the film s final scene
Salò: Yesterday and Today, a 35-minute documentary featuring interviews with Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini s friend Nineto Davoli
Fade to Black, a new short documentary about Salò, featuring interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, and John Maybury
New interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and filmmaker/film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin
Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
Optional English subtitles
PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by Neil Bartlett, Roberto Chiesi, Naomi Greene, Gary Indiana, and Sam Rohdie, and excerpts from Gideon Bachman s on-set diary
Top Customer Reviews
The basic characters fall into several archetypes:
1) The 4 Men: represent the fascist rule that dominated Italy during the Nazi rule. Given more power than they should have, they are content to savage the people they rule over with no respect for the humanity that they have been given control over.
2) The teens: the victims of this fascist control (the Jews of the Holocaust, the Italian people, etc.) who quickly lose all their dignity and rights under such savage treatment. Escape appears to be only a couple of steps away and seems quite easy; yet, for these individuals, it is impossible.
3) The madams: The politicians that (although not participating directly in most of the exploitation of the populace) provide the direction and desire to commit such crimes to humanity. Easily recognizable, they are just a step below the 4 men in the line of power.
4) The soldiers: the populace of Germany/Italy who allowed these atrocities to go on. Witnessing the entire situation as it escalates (much like it did in Nazi Germany), these people fall under the Nazi spell. For them, it is impossible to sympathize with individuals that have been so debased, so no guilt is felt on their part for the crimes they are involved in.Read more ›
Pasolini made this film in 1975 right after his "trilogy of life" films, which included The Decameron, The Cantebury Tales, and Arabian Nights (aka Thousand and One Nights). Those films were very joyful and playful, and did quite well at the box office. Pasolini went into a deep depression afterwards, feeling that all his films were bogus and compromised, and set out to make a film, as he called it, "undigestable". Salo was that film.
It is based on the Marquis de Sade's book, which was written in 1789 but not published until 1935. De Sade's book, while interesting at first, soon becomes boring and repetitive, outlining one sexual abberation after another. It's not erotic, in fact, it's quite disgusting, as most of the sexual behavior concentrates on coprophilia. Pasolini's film is much better than the novel, as Pasolini had much more to say with his film. He changed the original setting from 18th century France to the last days of Mussolini's government, which had set up shop in Salo, an actual province in Italy. Four fascists round up 8 teenage boys and 8 teenage girls, haul them off to a secluded villa, and degrade them and themselves for the duration.Read more ›
The most interesting aspect of this film is that Pasolini, a homosexual, linked homosexuality with death and fascism. Why after portraying homosexuality in a beautiful way in his earlier works did Pasolini change his tune, nobody knows. Some think he lost his mind while making this movie.
Many don't like the film because Pasolini makes the victims out to be emotionless and doesn't allow us to pity them. But thats just what he wanted! By watching the movie, we are like the victims, allowing ourselves to be abused and also being a spectator to abuse. Again, everything in this film is done for a reason.
Before watching this film you should be familiar with de Sade, Dante's Inferno, and have some basic understanding of fascism and its history. If you lack any of these three elements, don't watch the movie because you will not get it at all. Again, don't watch this movie at face value. It is one of the sickest, most disturbing films ever made, and it is that way for a reason. Not for shock value or to get banned in country after country, but to make a statement. This film is so dangerous that it is believed by many that Pasolini was assassinated for making it. If everyone got this movie, the world would be in deep trouble.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a gift for someone who likes shock movies. Its pretty disturbing however from what I'm told, the Italian director meant for it to be a commentary on politics and... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Naomi
the most disgusting vile piece of trash ever filmed; somehow some arthouse people praise this movie??????????;sadistic;towards children? Read morePublished 2 months ago by gummy
Criterion did a great job of restoring the movie and providing many supplemental features and essays that provide deeper reflection.
As for the movie...well... Read more
I saw this movie in my youth and loved it. Not for the squeamish.Published 4 months ago by Angel Mendez
Very Gritty and not for everyone. a Very loose example of the Marquis deSade's novel. Not the best. I would just go with the book. This video will most likely offend many.Published 4 months ago by Verified Amazon Customer
Don't know why I bought it except for I heard it was a sick movie. It is.Published 5 months ago by J. Goldsmith
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|Who writes the descriptions for Amazon?||
They read fine to me, try clicking on the entry and you will see they list director's last and actors first. I was looking into getting a copy of Salo, so I have it in my wish list from the day the entry came up and it is always been right as far as I know. I am talking about the new versions, ... Read More
Nov 12, 2008 by Ulalume Viva Jones | See all 3 posts
|Criterion DVD or new BFI Bluray?||
The biggest inclusion on the BFI version is the feature docu "Whoever Says The Truth Shall Die," which gives a good introduction to Pasolini, his life, and the controversy surrounding his murder. It's available separately here on Amazon or on Netflix.
The on-set footage may or may... Read More
Jul 28, 2008 by St. Rasputin | See all 5 posts
|120 days of sodom||
I admit I've never read the original book and have only read snippets of Justine, but I am of the opinion that Sade was actually more of a provocateur rather than a practicing pervert. I think history has been replaced by legend and myth because his writings were so pornographic, lewd, and... Read More
Oct 17, 2008 by S. Wetzel | See all 8 posts
I cannot find the Criterion blog. I really hope this is released again, I don't want to pay a ridiculous price for this movie.
Sep 24, 2007 by M H | See all 4 posts
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I have never viewed this film, I have simply read the "120 Days of Sodom" Does anybody know where I could buy it at a decent price?
Apr 20, 2007 by John | See all 10 posts