Quickie: Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

I’m going to hurl.

So, I will never be watching Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom ever again. 

But, dammit it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention how phenomenal Pier Paolo Pasolini’s writing is!

But yeah; I got no satisfaction out of Salò, obviously, just torment—which I suppose is the point—and normally I don’t mind disturbing imagery in movies, but this felt more of like a repetitive practice of incidents than a gradual development of intuitive meanings.

I understand that these sorts of atrocities occurred during the era when fascist douchelords were running the show like a circus act and the second World War became a distraction amongst many other occurrences of desperation, but some events are written on paper rather than displayed on screen for a reason.

The bloodthirsty ambition of director Pier Paolo Pasolini and just the overall filmmaking supremacy brought to the table are impossible to ignore, however. I mean, people had to have committed like medal-winning Olympic champions to produce such…performances. 

My achy-breaky-heart hated Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom but I…f***…admired it from a filmmaker’s point of view? I frankly just don’t want to talk about it anymore.

Verdict: C+

“Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom” is currently unavailable to stream but is now available to buy on DVD or Blu-Ray.

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