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

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September 28, 2019
There was a point to all this foulness; Pasolini was commenting on the dehumanising effect of fascism, with reference to Proust, Nietzsche and Dante's circles of Hell. You'll still want a shower afterwards, though.
September 14, 2019
Saló still holds up to this day as one of the most sodomising films to ever brace our screens, and rightly gained its controversial status in the cinema industry.
August 30, 2019
Salò offers a lesson in how to depict cruelty without re-enacting it -- a lesson few filmmakers even want to learn.
August 6, 2019
It reflects the libertines excesses and deconstructs them, making the audience complicit in their horrors by our passivity, not unlike the German citizens who sat idly by while Hitler slaughtered millions.
June 18, 2019
Stately horror, brute and luxe... unsavory reputation comes from reviewers who seethe at surfaces and not the hardly subterranean political text. (It's more picture-mirror than mere picture in these cases.)
October 4, 2018
Salo... is forceful only in making the viewer want to turn away.
February 8, 2018
What is evident in the film is its power of provocation, very much within the spirit of the famous Marquis... [Full review in Spanish]
November 27, 2017
It's a masterpiece, still the most convincing representation of human cruelty in the history of the cinema.
April 25, 2016
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.
April 27, 2015
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
July 2, 2013
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.
January 7, 2012
I can't think of a reason in the world that anyone should subject him or herself to this.
October 27, 2011
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.
September 30, 2010
By reputation alone, owning Sal should be enough to impress your cinephilic friends; watching it with them will be whole lot harder.
July 11, 2009
Dramatically feral and artistically fertile, "Salo" is a rigorous movie that dares to use the metaphor of torture as a device of utter physical and psychological annihilation for both the victim and the torturer.
October 18, 2008
It's very hard to sit through and offers no insights whatsoever into power, politics, history or sexuality. Nasty stuff.
August 27, 2008
Intended to be read as a caustic commentary on the evils of Fascism, Salo is marred by the uneasy perception that Pasolini (rather like purveyors of modern Torture Porn) is simply getting off on the abuse he visualizes with such delight.
August 25, 2008
Fastidiously attuned to the denial of the comforting release of either eroticism or expulsion, Pasolini's boudoirs of perversion lack De Sade's scarlet hedonism. Quite the opposite, his boners reveal only the presence of spiritual rigor mortis.
May 14, 2008
There's a sense of pure evil clinging to the film like nothing I've ever experienced. I do not believe this is unintentional, nor do I believe it is pointless.
October 23, 2007
The result, despite moments of undeniably brilliant insight, is nearly unwatchable, extremely disturbing, and often literally nauseous.
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