Cinéma Viscéral: Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975)
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Special Gaspar Noé
The Work and Inspiration of Gaspar Noé

Cinéma Viscéral: Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975)

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[WARNING: contains scenes of extreme sexual violence, bodily harm and other upsetting visuals.]
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s loose adaptation of Marquis de Sade’s ‘120 Days of Sodom’ is a howling indictment of what the Italian director recognized as a foul with the current human condition concerning fascism, mass consumerism (including fast food) and modernism. Salo is an actual town in Northern Italy, where Mussolini resided in the latter years of WWII and where he’s an honorary citizen to this day. It was also the place where Pasolini’s brother was killed in 1945. Banned in many countries, this controversial and intentionally unwatchable parade of torture and degradation imposed on a group of children by fascist dignitaries, remains as notorious as it is misunderstood and unfortunately just as relevant now as it was in 1975. Pasolini meant for Salo to be the first chapter in his ‘Trilogy of Death’ but the director himself was brutally murdered before the film was released. The film is a favourite of Noé’s but also Michael Haneke and John Waters hold Salo in high regard. Italian language with English subtitles.


Pier Paolo Pasolini
Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto P. Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto, Elsa De Giorgi
drama, horror
117 minuten


Be prepared, Salò is not for the weak of heart. The polar opposite of the “Trilogy of Life”, Salò depicts with cold precision the sexual and psychological atrocities visited on 16 young men and women held hostage by a group of depraved nobles at the end of WWII. Pasolini based the film on a notorious book by the Marquis de Sade, but shifted the locale to the town of Salo, where Pasolini’s brother was killed during the war. One of the most controversial and widely censored films ever made (it took over 25 years for the uncut version to screen in England), Salò has lost none of its power to shock and disturb.

To celebrate Noé’s latest film Vortex and his unique and darkly twisted oeuvre, KINO presents a selection of his own work and the films that inspired him. A divergent collage of cinematic outings that influenced his work: from the masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (on 70mm!) and the anti-fascist shock cinema of Pasolini’s Salò to the ‘giallo’ chillers of Dario Argento. Join us in taking a deep dive into the visceral cinematic world that shaped the work of this singular director. Strap in, it’s going to be one hell of a ride. Trailer: Baris Azman

© Trailer: Baris Azman

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