Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

Pier Paolo Pasolini

 
Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy
  • 1976
  • 116 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #17

The notorious final film from Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salò, 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 eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation to Fascist Italy in 1944 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.

Cast

Credits

DirectorPier Paolo Pasolini
WriterPier Paolo Pasolini
With collaboration fromSergio Citti
ProducerAlberto Grimaldi
Musical coordinatorEnnio Morricone
Director of photographyTonino Delli Colli
EditorNino Baragli
Production designDante Ferretti
Costume designDanilo Donati

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • “Salò”: Yesterday and Today, a thirty-three-minute documentary featuring interviews with director Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini friend Nineto Davoli
  • Fade to Black, a twenty-three-minute documentary featuring directors 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
  • Video interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and director and film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by Neil Bartlett, Breillat, Naomi Greene, Sam Rohdie, Roberto Chiesi, and Gary Indiana, and excerpts from Gideon Bachmann’s on-set diary

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays

Salò: A Cinema of Poetry

By Sam RohdieOctober 04, 2011

In Pasolini’s last interview, just before his murder, and prior to the release of Salò, or . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò: The Written Movie

By Gary IndianaOctober 04, 2011

The title card that appears in the opening credits of Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò: Breaking the Rules

By Naomi GreeneOctober 04, 2011

The year before he made Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom, Pasolini hinted at the scandalous . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò: The Present as Hell

By Roberto ChiesiOctober 04, 2011

“In the trilogy, I evoked the ghosts of characters from my earlier, realist films. Not to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò: I, Monster

By Catherine BreillatOctober 04, 2011

It’s always the same when I tackle Pasolini—the first encounter escapes me. Pasolini doesn’t . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò

By John PowersJuly 21, 1998

On November 2, 1975, the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini was found dead—murdered, police . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

The Worlds of Dante Ferretti

October 02, 2013


Video


Watching Salò

By Neal BartlettOctober 04, 2011

Is the true measure of a film’s greatness its unforgettability? Conjured up in darkened rooms . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò: A Cinema of Poetry

By Sam RohdieOctober 04, 2011

In Pasolini’s last interview, just before his murder, and prior to the release of Salò, or . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò: The Written Movie

By Gary IndianaOctober 04, 2011

The title card that appears in the opening credits of Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò: Breaking the Rules

By Naomi GreeneOctober 04, 2011

The year before he made Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom, Pasolini hinted at the scandalous . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò: The Present as Hell

By Roberto ChiesiOctober 04, 2011

“In the trilogy, I evoked the ghosts of characters from my earlier, realist films. Not to . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salò: I, Monster

By Catherine BreillatOctober 04, 2011

It’s always the same when I tackle Pasolini—the first encounter escapes me. Pasolini doesn’t . . . Read more »


Clippings

Shock Cinema

February 09, 2011

Not all of cinema’s greatest achievements have always been widely embraced. The film writers . . . Read more »


News

Ciao, Caterina

September 16, 2010

You may not know the name, but you know the face. Caterina Boratto, known for her indelible . . . Read more »


Clippings

Singing Morricone’s Praises

October 23, 2009

The eighty-one-year-old Ennio Morricone has been composing hypnotic music for film since the . . . Read more »


Clippings

Pasolini’s Rome

December 02, 2008

Ian Thomson has written a fascinating piece on Pier Paolo Pasolini for the Times Online, on . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press notes: Laughing Till It Hurts

October 07, 2008

It seems Pier Paolo Pasolini’s infamous Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom hasn’t lost any of its . . . Read more »


Video

Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom

Because You Can Never Have Enough . . .

By Kim HendricksonAugust 27, 2008

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Film Essays

Salò

By John PowersJuly 21, 1998

On November 2, 1975, the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini was found dead—murdered, police . . . Read more »