Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
(Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975)
No one under 18 admitted.
Best known in the US as one of the great Italian postwar filmmakers, Pier Paolo Pasolini was also an influential, outspoken, and openly gay poet, novelist, critic, journalist, playwright, and painter. He held seemingly conflicting philosophies as both a Marxist and a Catholic, and was a staunch leftist who once spoke out against left-wing student protests in favor of the working-class police. His filmography represents perhaps the most subversive body of work ever put to film, still provoking outrage and charges of blasphemy in some quarters. However controversial, the themes he explores achieve a measure of timelessness and universality as many of his films are set in the distant past. Most importantly, his films often portray the lives of those existing on the fringes of society, in roles often played by nonprofessional actors. The Wex is thrilled to present this nearly complete retrospective with many titles screening in newly restored 35mm prints.
Pasolini’s final film, Salò, is his most disturbing, and also one of the most notorious films ever made. Based on the book by the Marquis de Sade, it’s an allegorical critique of fascism and consumerism that depicts the sexual, mental, and emotional torture of a group of teenage boys and girls by wealthy Italian fascists over the course of 120 brutal days. The film was completed just weeks before Pasolini’s mysterious murder in Ostia, Italy. (114 mins., 35mm)
$6 members, students, seniors
$8 general public
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation
SUPPORT FOR RETROSPECTIVE: PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council