Salò o le ventoventi giornate di Sodoma (1975)

Italy, France,
114m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, Italian

An Italian/French horror film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Plot Summary

As the Second World War nears its conclusion, four dignitaries in the Nazi controlled northern Italian state Salo round up sixteen teenaged men and women and take them to a large castle near Marzabotto. Along with a handful of guards and servants, the men take four middle-aged women who tell them sexually deviant tales which are acted out by the unwilling youths: the Circle of Manias, the Circle of Shit and the Circle of Blood.

Credits

Crew
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
© United Artists Corporation MCMLXXV [1975]
Alberto Grimaldi presents a film by Pier Paolo Pasolini. A PEA Produzioni Europee Associate S.p.A. Rome, Les Procuctions Artistes Associés s.a. Paris
Produced by: Alberto Grimaldi
Script: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Script Collaborator: Sergio Citti
Director of Photography: Tonino Delli Colli
Edited by: Nino Baraglia
Editor: Enzo Ocone
Music Consultant: Ennio Morricone
Sound: Domenico Pasquadibisceglie, Giorgio Loviscek
Costumes by: Danilo Donati
Make-up: Alfredo Tiberi
Hairdresser: Giuseppina Bovino
Hair and Special Make-up Effects: Carboni-Roccheti
Art Director: Dante Ferretti
Studio: Cinecitta`
Locations: Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy; Gardelletta, Italy

Cast
Paolo Bonacelli (The Duke)
Giorgio Cataldi (The Monsignor)
Uberto P. Quintavalle [real name: Uberto Paolo Quintavalle] (The Excellency)
Aldo Valletti (The President)
Caterina Boratto (Signora Castelli)
Elsa De Giorgio (Signora Maggi)
Hélène Surgère (Signora Vaccari)
Sonia Saviange (the pianist)
Sergio Fascetti, Bruno Musso, Antonio Orlando, Claudio Cicchetti, Franco Merli, Umberto Chessari, Lamberto Book, Gaspare Di Jenno (male victims)
Giuliana Melis, Faridah Malik, Graziella Aniceto, Renata Moar, Dorit Henke, Antinisca Nemour, Bendetta Gaetani, Olga Andreis (female victims)
Tatiana Mogilansky, Susanna Radaelli, Giuliana Orlandi, Liana Acquaviva (daughters)
Rinaldo Missaglia, Giuseppe Patruno, Guido Galletti, Efisio Etzi (militia)
Claudio Troccoli, Fabrizio Menichini, Maurizio Valaguzza, Ezio Manni (collaborators)
Paola Pieracci, Carla Terlizzi, Anna Maria Dossena, Anna Recchimuzzi, Ines Pellegrini (servants)

Alternative Titles

The 120 Days of Sodom
Salo
Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom – UK, USA
Salo ou les 120 journées de Sodome – France

See also
Die 120 Tage von Bottrop (1997)

References

Periodicals

  • Bianco e Nero vol.37 no.1/4 (January/April 1976) pp.33-52 – article
  • Cineaste vol.8 no.3 (1978) pp.45-47 – article
  • Cineforum no.153 (April 1976) pp.182-203 – article
  • Cineinforme no.221 (April 1975) p.23 – credits
  • Cinema (Germany) no.205 (January 1976) pp.88-91 – article
  • Cinema (Germany) no.211 (July 1976) pp.102-108 – article
  • Cinema no.302 (February 1984) pp.8-10 – article
  • Cinema e Cinema vol.3 no.7/8 (April/September 1976) pp.15-21 – article
  • Cinema Novo no.32 (November – December 1983) pp.20-21 – article
  • Cinema Nuovo no.239 (January/February 1976) pp.21-24 – article
  • Cinema Nuovo no.244 (November/December 1976) pp.428-431, 434-437 – illustrated article
  • Cinema Papers no.92 (April 1993) p.73 – note (Salo unbanned)
  • Cinema Sessanta no.114/115 (March/June 1977) pp.67-70 – article
  • Cinematografia ITA vol.42 no.9/10 (October/November 1975) pp.75-76 – review
  • Cine-Revue vol.55 no.47 (20 November 1975) pp.16-19 – article
  • City Limits no.278 (29 January 1987) p.96 – review
  • Continental Film Review vol.23 (8 June 1976) pp.6-7 – illustrated review
  • Continuum vol.12 no.1 (April 1998) pp.69-81 – article (Slippery when wet by Rebecca Huntley)
  • Delirium no.2 – credits, review
  • Ecran no.42 (December 1975) pp.25-29 – interview
  • Ecran no.49 (July 1976) pp.47-49 – article
  • Empire no.140 (February 2001) p.44 – illustrated review
  • Film Comment vol.12 no.2 (March/April 1976) pp.38-47 – article
  • Filmcritica no.256 (August 1975) pp.235-239 – article
  • Filmcritica no.257 (September 1975) pp.267-271 – article
  • Filmcritica no.261 (January/February 1976) pp.18-20 – article
  • Filmcritica no.281 (January 1978) pp.25-27 – article
  • Filmfaust no.58 (March/April 1987) pp.38-51 – article
  • Films and Filming vol.21 no.12 (September 1975) pp.43-45 – illustrated article
  • Films and Filming vol.24 (October 1977) p.31 – credits, review
  • Flesh and Blood no.4 pp.48-49 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.248 no.31 (11 October 1977) p.11 – credits, review
  • Image et Son no.302 (January 1976) pp.97-104 – illustrated article
  • Independent Film and Video Monthly vol.18 no.1 (January/February 1995) pp.9-11 – illustrated article (Cincinnati's morality squad targets Pasolini by Ken L. Kaufman)
  • Jeune Cinema no.92 (January/February 1976) pp.7-8 – article
  • Metro no.95 (Spring 1993) pp.3-7 – illustrated article (Beauty and the beasts: Pasolini's dialectics of the body)
  • Montage no.38 (1977) pp.11-12 – article
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.46 no.548 (September 1979) pp.200-201, 204 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin no.13 (October 1980) pp.23-35 – article
  • Premiere (USA) vol.8 no.6 (February 1995) p.36 – illustrated note (Yeah, but they rewound by Kitty Bowe Hearty)
  • Rivista del Cinematografo no.5 (May 1976) pp.189-191, 208 – article
  • Sequences no.107 (January 1982) pp.20-25 – article
  • Sight & Sound no.45 no.1 (Winter 1975 – 1976) pp.50-54 – illustrated article
  • Sight & Sound vol.11 no.5 (May 2001) p.66 – video review
  • Sight & Sound vol.11 no.7 (July 2001) p.66 – illustrated DVD review
  • Take One vol.5 no.1 (September/October 1974) p.29 – review
  • Third Text no.42 (Spring 1998) pp.19-28 – illustrated article (Pasolini's archaisms by Clement Page)
  • Time Out no.483 (20 July 1979) p.7 – note
  • Time Out no.485 (3 August 1979) p.3 – note
  • Variety (3 December 1975) p.22 – credits, synopsis, review

Books

  • 100 Cult Films by Ernest Mathijs & Xavier Mendik pp.177-178 – illustrated review by EM [Ernest Mathijs]
  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.369 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.330, 331
  • Giornate di Sodoma: Ritratto di Pasolini e del duo ultimo film by U.P. Quintavalle
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) p.89

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide May 2017 p.49 – illustrated listing
  • BFI Southbank Guide August 2021 p.31 – illustrated listing