Salo, Or the 120 Days of Sodom (Criterion Collection) (2-DVD)
The final vision of a controversial filmmaker.
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 26, 2016
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Criterion Collection
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New restored high-definition digital transfer
- "Salo": Yesterday and Today, a thirty-three-minute documentary featuring interviews with Director Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini friend Ninetto Davoli
- Fade to Black, a twenty-three minute documentary featuring filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, and John Maybury, as well as scholar David Forgacs
- The End of "Salò," a forty-minute documentary about the film's production
- New interviews with Production Designer Dante Ferretti and Director and Film Scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin
- Theatrical Trailer
- Plus: Essays by Film Scholars Naomi Greene and Roberto Chiese
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- English, Italian
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Featured:||Aldo Valletti, Umberto P. Quinavalle, Caterina Boratto & Giorgio Cataldi|
|Directed by||Pier Paolo Pasolini|
|Composition by||Ennio Morricone|
3 stars out of 5 -- A disturbing, necessary film, this makes a fascinating contrast with the current 'torture porn' cycle...
...[Pasolini's] most significant film....[Represents] the bitter, empty end.
New York Times
Pasolini's last film remains profoundly disturbing, its ideas about the commodification of bodies...and the absolute corruption of power resonating far further than its setting...
Sight and Sound
4 stars out of 5 -- [B]eneath the glacial cinematography and ornate tableaux writhes a terrifying warning about fascism, consumerism, violence and voyeurism...
Pier Paolo Pasolini was a celebrated poet, writer, and all-around intellectual, but it was his maverick, controversial filmmaking that distinguished him as an influential artistic force. The director's last film, 120 DAYS OF SODOM, an adaptation of the Marquis de Sade's 18th century novel, remains his most notorious (and most censored) due to its scenes of graphic rape and torture of adolescents. Pasolini relocates the novel's horrific abuses from France to the final days of Mussolini's reign, effectively rendering a grim portrait of the degradation of the human body and spirit beneath Fascist and Nazi rule.
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