History Film / SaloOrThe120DaysOfSodom

27th Jun '14 4:46:57 PM Willbyr
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->"''Finally, a film of truly graphic, pretentious, and amazing sensationalism that I can fully get behind it. Oh, sure, Pier Pasolini's '' Salò ''may gross us out from time to time; but here is a film that shows us [[HumansAreBastards the depths of human depravity]] and the corruption of power at the hands of fascists...and...and...''" [[[VomitDiscretionShot Vomits into his toilet]]]
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob''', [[http://blip.tv/file/2482072 beginning his review]]
16th Apr '14 7:23:16 PM Willbyr
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* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerization]]: As graphic as the film may be, it can't hold a candle to the scenes of mutilation, necrophilia, and cannibalism described in the source material.
* BannedInChina: This film was predictably banned on about half of Europe for about 20 years following its release. Now it has been unbanned pretty much everywhere.

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* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerization]]: {{Bowdleri|se}}zation: As graphic as the film may be, it can't hold a candle to the scenes of mutilation, necrophilia, and cannibalism described in the source material.
* BannedInChina: This film was predictably banned on about half of Europe for about 20 years following its release. Now it has been unbanned pretty much everywhere.
material.



* {{Gorn}}: Also averted. There isn't much blood or gore in the film. A girl gets scalped and a guy gets his eye gouged out; but neither of these is as gory as they sound, the scenes being very brief and shot from afar.

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* {{Gorn}}: Also averted. There isn't much blood or gore in the film. A girl gets scalped and a guy gets his eye gouged out; out, but neither of these is as gory as they sound, the scenes being very brief and shot from afar.



* TorturePorn: May be too artistic for this catagorization, but the film is still regarded as such.
* XMeetsY: ''TheAristocrats'' meets ''{{Hostel}}'', only [[UpToEleven worse.]]

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* TorturePorn: May be too artistic for this catagorization, categorization, but the film is still regarded as such.
* XMeetsY: ''TheAristocrats'' meets ''{{Hostel}}'', ''Film/{{Hostel}}'', only [[UpToEleven worse.]]
12th May '13 6:31:59 AM Willbyr
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-->-- '''WebOriginal/TheCinemaSnob''', [[http://blip.tv/file/2482072 beginning his review]]

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-->-- '''WebOriginal/TheCinemaSnob''', '''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob''', [[http://blip.tv/file/2482072 beginning his review]]
27th Oct '12 6:32:29 AM Willbyr
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Based on the novel ''Literature/The120DaysOfSodom'', one of the most infamous works by the MarquisDeSade, which many critics attest is even nastier than the film, the film transplants the book's plot from the setting of 18th Century France to the Nazi puppet-state of the Italian Social Republic (also called Salò) in northern Italy in 1944 during WorldWarII. Four fascist libertines known as the Duke, the Bishop, the Magistrate and the President, knowing that the allies will soon overcome Germany thereby dissolving their power, decide to have one last hoorah by having their private army abduct eighteen attractive teenagers (9 boys and 9 girls) from the local countryside and bring them to a deserted villa. From there, the fun begins with the hapless youths being subjected to 120 days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

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Based on the novel ''Literature/The120DaysOfSodom'', one of the most infamous works by the MarquisDeSade, Creator/MarquisDeSade, which many critics attest is even nastier than the film, the film transplants the book's plot from the setting of 18th Century France to the Nazi puppet-state of the Italian Social Republic (also called Salò) in northern Italy in 1944 during WorldWarII. Four fascist libertines known as the Duke, the Bishop, the Magistrate and the President, knowing that the allies will soon overcome Germany thereby dissolving their power, decide to have one last hoorah by having their private army abduct eighteen attractive teenagers (9 boys and 9 girls) from the local countryside and bring them to a deserted villa. From there, the fun begins with the hapless youths being subjected to 120 days of physical, mental and sexual torture.
1st Oct '12 6:26:04 PM Willbyr
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->"''We fascists are the only true anarchists.''"\\
-- '''The Duke'''

->"''Finally, a film of truly graphic, pretentious, and amazing sensationalism that I can fully get behind it. Oh, sure, Pier Pasolini's '' Salò ''may gross us out from time to time; but here is a film that shows us [[HumansAreBastards the depths of human depravity]] and the corruption of power at the hands of fascists...and...and...''" [[[VomitDiscretionShot Vomits into his toilet]]]\\
-- '''WebOriginal/TheCinemaSnob''', [[http://blip.tv/file/2482072 beginning his review]]

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->"''We fascists are the only true anarchists.''"\\
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'''The Duke'''

->"''Finally, a film of truly graphic, pretentious, and amazing sensationalism that I can fully get behind it. Oh, sure, Pier Pasolini's '' Salò ''may gross us out from time to time; but here is a film that shows us [[HumansAreBastards the depths of human depravity]] and the corruption of power at the hands of fascists...and...and...''" [[[VomitDiscretionShot Vomits into his toilet]]]\\
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toilet]]]
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'''WebOriginal/TheCinemaSnob''', [[http://blip.tv/file/2482072 beginning his review]]



* XMeetsY: ''TheAristocrats'' meets ''{{Hostel}}'', only [[BeyondTheImpossible worse.]]

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* XMeetsY: ''TheAristocrats'' meets ''{{Hostel}}'', only [[BeyondTheImpossible [[UpToEleven worse.]]]]
23rd Sep '12 3:08:33 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AuthorTract



* DownerEnding
* {{Euroshlock}}: One of the earliest examples.



** {{Nazisploitation}}: Somewhat.
* FanDisservice: In spades.
* FascistItaly



* HumansAreBastards
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to Sade's novel, [[BeyondTheImpossible the atrocities in the movie are quite tame]].
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn
* TakeThat: See above.

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* HumansAreBastards
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to Sade's novel, [[BeyondTheImpossible the atrocities in the movie are quite tame]].
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn
* TakeThat: See above.
tame.



* WorldWarTwo.



23rd Sep '12 2:54:36 AM lu127
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To this day, debate rages amongst critics and film classification organizations as to whether the film is nothing more than exploitative, voyeuristic trash bordering on child porn or a legitimate piece of art and satire regarding fascism. [[YourMileageMayVary The mileage of everyone who sees it will vary]]. A melting pot of many aspects of Pier Paolo Pasolini's life; Italian Fascism, homosexuality, Roman Catholicism; unlike DavidLynch he never made any secret of what the film's intention as a piece of art was; a TakeThat to the entire edifice of fascism, an [[GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] warning of corruption in governments, a demonstration of both [[HumansAreBastards mankind's inherent evil and selfishness]] (one scene has a series of rulebreaking victims telling on other rulebreakers when caught to try and avoid punishment; i.e... two girls engaged in lesbianism tell on a boy sneaking off to have sex with the black maid) and inherent complacency (only on two far-removed occasions do any of the victims make any attempt to escape; for the most part they just accept their treatment). There are also specific meanings attributed to more specific scenes; the coprophilic scenes for example were said by Pasolini to be a TakeThat to the fast-food industry. More than a few people regard the film as Pasolini's Take That to the entire human race.

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To this day, debate rages amongst critics and film classification organizations as to whether the film is nothing more than exploitative, voyeuristic trash bordering on child porn or a legitimate piece of art and satire regarding fascism. [[YourMileageMayVary The mileage of everyone who sees it will vary]].Opinions vary. A melting pot of many aspects of Pier Paolo Pasolini's life; Italian Fascism, homosexuality, Roman Catholicism; unlike DavidLynch he never made any secret of what the film's intention as a piece of art was; a TakeThat to the entire edifice of fascism, an [[GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] warning of corruption in governments, a demonstration of both [[HumansAreBastards mankind's inherent evil and selfishness]] (one scene has a series of rulebreaking victims telling on other rulebreakers when caught to try and avoid punishment; i.e... two girls engaged in lesbianism tell on a boy sneaking off to have sex with the black maid) and inherent complacency (only on two far-removed occasions do any of the victims make any attempt to escape; for the most part they just accept their treatment). There are also specific meanings attributed to more specific scenes; the coprophilic scenes for example were said by Pasolini to be a TakeThat to the fast-food industry. More than a few people regard the film as Pasolini's Take That to the entire human race.



* HoYay: The four libertines and some of the male victims and guards.



* LesYay: Two of the girls.
23rd Sep '12 2:52:29 AM lu127
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->"''We fascists are the only true anarchists.''"\\
-- '''The Duke'''

->"''Finally, a film of truly graphic, pretentious, and amazing sensationalism that I can fully get behind it. Oh, sure, Pier Pasolini's '' Salò ''may gross us out from time to time; but here is a film that shows us [[HumansAreBastards the depths of human depravity]] and the corruption of power at the hands of fascists...and...and...''" [[[VomitDiscretionShot Vomits into his toilet]]]\\
-- '''WebOriginal/TheCinemaSnob''', [[http://blip.tv/file/2482072 beginning his review]]

Oft-regarded as the single most vile, most depraved, most despicable, most infamous and most controversial film of all time, ''Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma'' (''Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom''), also called simply ''Salò'', is a 1975 Italian film of vague genre (straddling drama, horror, war, arthouse, {{Nazisploitation}} and [[NauseaFuel emetic]]) written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Based on the novel ''Literature/The120DaysOfSodom'', one of the most infamous works by the MarquisDeSade, which many critics attest is even nastier than the film, the film transplants the book's plot from the setting of 18th Century France to the Nazi puppet-state of the Italian Social Republic (also called Salò) in northern Italy in 1944 during WorldWarII. Four fascist libertines known as the Duke, the Bishop, the Magistrate and the President, knowing that the allies will soon overcome Germany thereby dissolving their power, decide to have one last hoorah by having their private army abduct eighteen attractive teenagers (9 boys and 9 girls) from the local countryside and bring them to a deserted villa. From there, the fun begins with the hapless youths being subjected to 120 days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

The film is divided into four chapters called the Anteinferno, the Circle of Manias, the Circle of Shit and the Circle of Blood (with the Anteinferno being the aforementioned opening). Accompanying the four libertines are four middle-aged prostitutes conscripted from local brothels. At the start of each of the remaining three chapters, one of the prostitutes tells a story revolving around some form of sexual perversion (for example, at the start of the Circle of Shit the prostitute tells a story about coprophilia); the teenagers are then subjected to tortures based on that story. In the Circle of Manias they are subjected to anal rapes; forced to give handjobs; and a boy and girl are forced to marry but are then not allowed to consummate with the libertines coming over and raping them instead; and they are stripped, put in collars and leashes, and forced to act like dogs and eat bread embedded with nails. In the Circle of Shit, (in one of the most infamous scenes in the movie) the Duke defecates on the floor, a girl is stripped, and she is forced to crawl over and eat it with a spoon. Later, in an even ''more'' infamous scene the teens are fed their cooked previous week's excretions at a banquet. Amidst these acts those teens who break the libertines' rules have their names marked in a book, to be ultimately punished in a manner unknown to them...

In the final chapter, the Circle of Blood, the teens who had their names marked in the book are further marked with blue ribbons. The teens who have not broken the rules and have been seduced by the libertines to TheDarkSide accompany them upstairs where they watch as, down below in the courtyard, the uncorrupted are brutally tortured and executed via having their nipples and genitals burned, their tongues cut out, their eyes gouged out; hanged, scalped, raped, flogged and branded. [[DissonantSerenity The closing shot is of two of the guards casually dancing a tango together...]]

To this day, debate rages amongst critics and film classification organizations as to whether the film is nothing more than exploitative, voyeuristic trash bordering on child porn or a legitimate piece of art and satire regarding fascism. [[YourMileageMayVary The mileage of everyone who sees it will vary]]. A melting pot of many aspects of Pier Paolo Pasolini's life; Italian Fascism, homosexuality, Roman Catholicism; unlike DavidLynch he never made any secret of what the film's intention as a piece of art was; a TakeThat to the entire edifice of fascism, an [[GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] warning of corruption in governments, a demonstration of both [[HumansAreBastards mankind's inherent evil and selfishness]] (one scene has a series of rulebreaking victims telling on other rulebreakers when caught to try and avoid punishment; i.e... two girls engaged in lesbianism tell on a boy sneaking off to have sex with the black maid) and inherent complacency (only on two far-removed occasions do any of the victims make any attempt to escape; for the most part they just accept their treatment). There are also specific meanings attributed to more specific scenes; the coprophilic scenes for example were said by Pasolini to be a TakeThat to the fast-food industry. More than a few people regard the film as Pasolini's Take That to the entire human race.

The film was Pasolini's last. Shortly before its release he was murdered by being run down with his own car. Some say he was murdered due to the content of this film, some say it was due to political reasons, some say it was by a teenage male prostitute whom Pasolini had attempted to hit on. We may never know the truth.

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!!''Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom'' provides examples of:

* AuthorAppeal: Some critics have espoused that Pasolini made the film solely to get his rocks off, in a similar manner as de Sade did by writing the book. Pasolini was indeed gay, but it's not known if he had rape or faeces fetishes.
* AuthorTract
* [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerization]]: As graphic as the film may be, it can't hold a candle to the scenes of mutilation, necrophilia, and cannibalism described in the source material.
* BannedInChina: This film was predictably banned on about half of Europe for about 20 years following its release. Now it has been unbanned pretty much everywhere.
* DepravedBisexual: The four libertines, and the four prostitutes.
* DownerEnding
* {{Euroshlock}}: One of the earliest examples.
* EveryoneIsBi: The four libertines and four prostitutes are all bi, and they seem to assume that everybody else (such as the guards and the victims) is too.
* ExploitationFilm: Averted. Despite its subject matter and despite it being made in the 70s, the film was not so much made to sap money out of the pockets of teenage boys at grindhouses so much as it was made for uppity Italian intellectuals to ponder at arthouses. At least, so does Pasolini insist.
** {{Nazisploitation}}: Somewhat.
* FanDisservice: In spades.
* FascistItaly
* {{Gorn}}: Also averted. There isn't much blood or gore in the film. A girl gets scalped and a guy gets his eye gouged out; but neither of these is as gory as they sound, the scenes being very brief and shot from afar.
* HoYay: The four libertines and some of the male victims and guards.
* HumansAreBastards
* LesYay: Two of the girls.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to Sade's novel, [[BeyondTheImpossible the atrocities in the movie are quite tame]].
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn
* TakeThat: See above.
* {{Transvestite}}: The four libertines don women's clothes at one point, and one of the male victims is forced to wear a wedding dress.
* TorturePorn: May be too artistic for this catagorization, but the film is still regarded as such.
* WorldWarTwo.
* XMeetsY: ''TheAristocrats'' meets ''{{Hostel}}'', only [[BeyondTheImpossible worse.]]

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