Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom)
Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) (1979)

The final work of notorious Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, this film updates the Marquis de Sade's most extreme novel to fascist Italy in the final days of WW II. Dispensing with the novel's meditations on sexual liberation… More

Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: January 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: August 11, 1998
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A perfect example of the kind of material that, theoretically, anyway, can be acceptable on paper but becomes so repugnant when visualized on the screen that it further dehumanizes the human spirit, which is supposed to be the artist's concern.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I can't think of a reason in the world that anyone should subject him or herself to this.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's very hard to sit through and offers no insights whatsoever into power, politics, history or sexuality. Nasty stuff.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Its themes are so severe as to feel like a howl of despair more than an articulate statement of radical politics. But it is pure cinema

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Eric Melin

Pasolini illustrates his belief that society forces people to conform by making his victims turn on each other, then making the audience complicit. Just by watching, we are voyeurs, and Pasolini calls us out in the movie's final moments.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Very hard to take, but in its own way an essential work.

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Anton Bitel
Scene 360

It... speaks to the authoritarian abuses of twentieth-century history - but it has also, thanks to the chilling (and unflinching) way in which it presents grotesque atrocity, proven as difficult as feces for censors to swallow whole, if at all.

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Simon Foster

By reputation alone, owning Salò should be enough to impress your cinephilic friends; watching it with them will be whole lot harder.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin Cookman
It took nearly 40 years, but we've gotten to a point in modern cinema where looking back on Pasolini's swan song is now a doable, not entirely… More
Tim Salmons
Salo, or the 120 Days of Solom is not a film you're likely to seek out on your own. You pretty much have to be goaded into seeing it. It's one of the… More
Jack Hawkins
'Salo' masquerades as some sort of political allegory, but the supposed subtext is just a tenuous excuse for covering a whole spectrum of perversity -… More
Keiko Aya
Disgusting is the only word for it.
Lucas Martins
A disgusting, extreme and shocking vision by Pier Paolo Pasolini of Marquis de Sade's book. Salo is an uncomfortable and unique experience, that also… More
Antony Stubbs
Like nothing before it or since. Far more brutal than pretty much any 'horror' film, and seems viciously amoral. Highly polarising, and I'm more… More

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