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Ennio Morricone

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodom

Pasolini’s powerful – and shocking – final film is an examination of post-war fascism.

Image from Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Italy 1975
Dir Pier Paolo Pasolini
With Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle
117min
Digital
Certificate 18

Still banned in some countries, Pasolini’s final work is set in the fascist republic of Salò during the last years of WWII, and concerns the kidnapping by wealthy libertines of 18 teenagers, who are subjected to months of shocking acts of sexual and psychological cruelty. Morricone was brought in to arrange certain pieces but Pasolini showed only sections to him for fear he would walk away. An early form of extreme cinema, with philosophical ambitions and intriguing cultural allusions.

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