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SALÒ OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOMA, Italy\France, 1975



SALÒ OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOMA, Italy\France, 1975


Italy \ France, 1975

Original title: Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma 

Screenplay: Pier Paolo Pasolini, from the novel The Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade.
Screenplay collaborator: Sergio Citti. Cinematographer: Tonino Delli Colli. Camera operators: Carlo Tafani, Emilio Bestetti. First assistant shooting: Sandro Battaglia. Second assistant shooting: Giancarlo Granatelli. Scenography: Dante Ferretti. Interior designer: Osvaldo Desideri. Costume designer: Danilo Donati. Musical coordination: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Music consultant: Ennio Morricone. Editing: Nino Baragli, Tatiana Casini Morigi. Interpreters and characters: Paolo Bonacelli (the Duke), Umberto Paolo Quintavalle (His Excellency), Giorgio Cataldi (the Bishop), Aldo Valletti (the President), Sergio Fascetti, Antonio Orlando, Claudio Cicchetti, Franco Merli, Bruno Musso, Umberto Chessari , Lamberto Book, Gaspare di Jenno (male victims), Giuliana Melis, Faridah Malik, Graziella Aniceto, Renata Moar, Dorit Henke, Antinisca Nemour, Benedetta Gaetani, Olga Andreis (female victims). Production: PEA (Rome) \ Les Productions Artistes Associés (Paris). Producer: Alberto Grimaldi. Production manager: Antonio Girasante. Lenght: 116 '.

Format: DCP. Source: Cineteca di Bologna, under licence from Park Circus. Original version. Subtitles: English.

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna and CSC - Cineteca Nazionale, in collaboration with Alberto Grimaldi, at the L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. Grading supervised by Carlo Tafani, camera operator of the film.

Freely inspired by the unfinished novel by the Marquis de Sade, "The 120 Days of Sodom", and set in the years of the Republic of Salò, four fascists, representing the four powers, kidnap a host of young women and men and then segregate them in a sumptuous villa in Marzabotto countryside, where they intend to exploit them to satisfy their sexual perversions. Subjected to strict and ruthless regulation, the victims are forced to listen to the shocking tales of three senior former high-class prostitutes about the most extreme sexual passions of old clients so that the Lords can draw inspiration to freely dispose of the kidnapped youngsters; a fourth woman accompanies the narrations on the piano, helping to create a gloomy and surreal atmosphere.

“Salò or the 120 days of Sodom" is an elegant, lucid and at the same time fantastic and funereal film. It is necessary to make a fundamental observation, in my opinion: this is a film in which there is not even the shadow of a cruel feeling, even if, then, the theme is, precisely, cruelty. And this is for the good reason that, as appears both in the film and in all the literary and cinematographic works of Pier Paolo Pasolini, he was not cruel. If anything, he was led to accept suffering, to undergo it; but it cannot possibly be said that this tendency surfaces in the film. On the other hand, he is too faithful to Sade's text in a critical and mimetic way. Two important features of the film follow: on the one hand, the link between sadism and fascism is implemented not so much on a historical level as on a metaphysical level; on the other hand, the film is not sadistic, it is rather a cinematic reflection on Sade's work". (Alberto Moravia)


Saturday 2 April, 2022 - 8:00 pm

Friday 8 April, 2022 - 7:00 pm



Date: Friday, April 08, 2022

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : With fee


The Astor Theatre - 1 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182