Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom


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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

  1. Friday, October 17, 2014 6:30 p.m.
Still image from the film Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom
Salò is not a horror film; it is horrible. Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1976 adaptation of the Marquis de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom is a formally breathtaking, frequently upsetting, and occasionally unwatchable work of art. Pasolini’s film sets de Sade’s novel in 1944 fascist Italy in an effort to confront what Pasolini apparently perceived as a worse threat than fascism itself: the late 20th century order of neoliberal capitalism. Equally meditation and critique, Salò is an entry in the art of limits; the film does not simply explore the horizons of abjection—this threshold is where it lives. For mature audiences. (35mm presentation)