Salo o le 120 giornate di Sodoma / Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) 2 x DVD9 and Blu-Ray Criterion Collection
Pier Paolo Pasolini's notorious final film, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, has been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic ... it s also a masterpiece. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker's transposition of the Marquis de Sade's 18th-century opus of torture and degradation to 1944 Fascist Italy remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in.

Salo moves the Marquis' story from eighteenth century France to Italy at the end of World War II. The film is set in the Republic of Salo as the final battles of the war are being waged elsewhere. Four gentlemen (the Duke, the Magistrate, the Bishop, and the President) decide to sequester themselves in a chateau to act out a series of grisly rituals on some of the local youths. These four men attempt to set up an alternate society with new rules (like no defecating without permission), which will delight their libertine senses. Over the course of the next few months, teenagers will be subjected to an ever-increasing series of horrors.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cast: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle
Country: Italy, France
Genre: Drama, War


• Salo: Yesterday and Today (33:14): This documentary, which details the film’s production, features interviews with director Pasolini, actress Helene Surgere, collaborator Jean-Claude Biette, and actor Ninetto Davoli. The subjects provide great insight, but the highlight here is the archival footage of Salo’s final days of production.

• Fade to Black (23:20): Another interview-heavy piece, this documentary by Nigel Algar gathers directors Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris), Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl), John Maybury (Love is the Devil), and Professor David Forgacs to argue the merits of Pasolini and his final film.

• The End of Salo (39:44): Actors Antinisca Nemour and Paolo Bonacelli, (uncredited) screenwriter Pupi Avati (who admits to have never seeing Salo), production designer Dante Ferretti, and more all reflect on Pasolini and the making of Salo. Similar to the other features, but the first-hand accounts provided here are unmatched.

• Dante Ferretti (11:25): The production designer discusses his relationship with friend/collaborator Pasolini.

• Jean-Pierre Gorin (27:06): The filmmaker provides his well-rounded thoughts on Salo.

• Theatrical Trailer

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:56:35 | 7.33 Gb + 7.40 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italiano, English
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:56:43 | 42.6 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Italiano, English
Subtitles: English

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