Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, titled Pasolini's 120 Days of Sodom on English-language prints and commonly referred to as simply Salò, is a 1975 art horror film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The film is a loose adaptation of the 1785 book (first published in 1904) 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, sadism, and sexual and psychological torture. The film explores themes of political corruption, consumerism, authoritarianism, nihilism, morality, capitalism, totalitarianism, sadism, sexuality, and fascism. The story is in four segments, inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy: the Anteinferno, the Circle of Manias, the Circle of Excrement, and the Circle of Blood. The film also contains frequent references to and several discussions of Friedrich Nietzsche's 1887 book On the Genealogy of Morality, Ezra Pound's poem The Cantos, and Marcel Proust's novel sequence In Search of Lost Time.


The film is separated into four segments with intertitles, inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy:

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    contentLocation Italy
    director Pier Paolo Pasolini
    editor Nino Baragli
    events incest prostitution suicide World War II
    genre comedy drama horror political
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    musicBy Ennio Morricone
    producer Alberto Grimaldi
    productionCompany Les Productions Artistes Associés Produzioni Europee Associati
    publisher United Artists
    theme dance lgbt-related philosophy race and ethnicity rape trick war