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Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

1975, in Italian with English subtitles


114 minutes




Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

Introduced by professor Alessandro Carrera, director of Italian Studies, University of Houston

The screening is followed by a panel discussion about the seizure of the print of "Salò" from Houston's River Oaks Theatre in 1982. Participants include former theater manager Maureen McNamara, activist Ray Hill, lawyer Glen Gabbard, scholar Garth Jowett, and professor Alessandro Carrera. Moderator: Jay Heuman, public programs coordinator.

Banned in Italy just a week after director Pier Paolo Pasolini was murdered, Salò gives viewers a sadistic portrait of power at its most extreme. The divisive drama, Pasolini's final film, centers on the sexual rule of fascist libertines during the 1940s. It has been described as both “the most morally reprehensible film ever made” and “the strongest polemic against the infliction of all violence and suffering.” Known more for being censored than for the substance of the film itself, Salò offers an unflinching 20th-century Italian interpretation of Marquis de Sade’s 18th-century novel.

Recommended for adults (19+) only.  This film is unrated and contains graphic and disturbing scenes.