Salo: or the 120 Days of Sodom

Salo: or the 120 days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975)

Notorious communist, atheist and homosexual the poet/director Pier Paolo Pasolini couldn't finish his career with a more provocative film than Salo. Assassinated few time after he completed Salo, Pasolini made his final masterpiece unforgettable.

Based on the writings of the Marquis de Sade, the film is a kick in the face of Nazism, the Italian bourgeoisie, christianism, and the institutions of all the governments. It depicts how the Nazi regime used to manipulate and humiliate humanity.

He presents his arguments without any compromise and goes far beyond the tolerable for the viewer. Many scenes are just disgusting and the characters are all repulsive. As a cinephile I had to see this, it is a cornerstone of filmmaking. The final film from one of the best Italian director of all time.

After seing this, even Adolf Hitler would hate Nazism and its excesses. But did Pasolini had to go that far? Unappealing sex scenes, shit eating scenes and the many torture scenes? It's like Lars von Trier's Antichrist; yes they have to go that far to respect their visions and express their points of view (anti-feminism in Antichrist and Communism in Salo) even if I don't share them. True artist go all the way and they don't need to censor themself!

A must see for all the true cinephiles! Be warned this is not for the faint hearts!

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