Poster for the film 'Salo 120 Days of Sodom'
Poster for the film 'Salo 120 Days of Sodom', 1975. Later poser from re-release of film, 2000.
'Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom' is a 1975 period horror art film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The film is a loose adaptation of the book 'The 120 Days of Sodom' by the Marquis de Sade, set during World War II, and was Pasolini's final film, being released three weeks after his murder. The film focuses on four wealthy, corrupt Italian libertines, in the time of the fascist Republic of Salò (1943–1945). The libertines kidnap 18 teenagers and subject them to four months of extreme violence, murder, sadism and sexual and mental torture.
Premiering at the Paris Film Festival on 23 November 1975, the film had a brief theatrical run in Italy before being banned in January 1976. Because it depicts youths subjected to intensely graphic violence, relentless sadism, sexual deviance and brutal murder, the film was extremely controversial upon its release and has remained banned in several countries into the 21st century.
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