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by Allan Fish

(Italy 1975 117m) DVD1/2

Aka. The 120 Days of Sodom; Salò, O le Centoventi Giornate di Sodoma

We fascists are the only true anarchists

p  Alberto Grimaldi  d  Pier Paolo Pasolini  w  Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Citti  novel  “Les 120 Journees de Sodome” by the Marquis de Sade  ph  Tonino Delli Colli  ed  Nino Baragli, Tatiana Casini Morigi  m  Ennio Morricone (including “Veris Leta Fecis” from “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff)  art  Dante Ferretti  cos  Danilo Donati

Paolo Bonacelli (The Duke), Giorgio Cataldi (The Monsignore), Uberto Paolo Quintevalle (His Excellency), Aldo Velletti (The President), Caterina Boratto (Signora Castelli), Elsa de’ Giorgi (Signora Maggi), Helena Surgere (voiced by Laura Betti) (Signora Vaccari), Sonia Saviange (The Pianist), Ines Pellegrini (Maid),

In 1975 three great Italian directors were working on three very different works that now seem intrinsically linked.  At one end of the spectrum Bernardo Bertolucci was making his magisterial but flawed analysis of the effects of fascism, 1900, and at the other end, there was the dying Luchino Visconti, mourning past glories in his final masterpiece L’Innocente.  In the middle we have this sickening but impossibly potent attack on consumerism and Italy’s fascist past.  If Visconti’s final film was a requiem to himself, Pasolini’s was the cinematic equivalent of signing your own death warrant.  Before the film was properly released the director was beaten to death and run over by his own sports car in the sickest of prophetic ironies.  After watching his swansong, one would be forgiven for thinking that he’d have welcomed no longer living in a world he loathed.  (more…)

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