Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975)

a.k.a Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

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


"Passolini was a stupid natural born sicko who deserved all he's got."

You overstate things rather drastically.

For one, though Pasolini was a lot of things - not all of them good - he most certainly was not stupid.

And though you seem to want to paint him as someone who constantly sickened audiences with his twisted visions, many of his earlier films are actually quite sane, and rather decidedly not sick or disturbing (and several of them are actually very great.) And while I personally don't like the direction his career took, even this final film (which I kind of hate) is evidence of a deeply empathic individual, one who cannot fully come to terms with a world that allows such evil to occur. It is, in the words of a certain critic, a "howl of rage" at a sickened world.

In other words, I am Miami, your analysis of Pasolini's life and career is full of shit, kind of like this film. It's based on the shallowest understanding of Pasolini's life and his films (and probably only his latter films), and seems a poor excuse to not have to grapple with the works of one of the greatest artists of cinema.

Pasolini was a deeply flawed individual, but he was also very human and often brilliant.

8 years ago


watched it with my grandma. didn't like it much, but she loved it.

4 years ago


Probably the most disturbing movie I've ever seen.

10 years ago

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