The notorious final film from Pier Paolo Pasolini, Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom has been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic . . . It’s also a masterpiece. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation to Fascist Italy in 1944 remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in.
New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
"Salò": Yesterday and Today, a thirty-three-minute documentary featuring interviews with director Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini friend Nineto Davoli
Fade to Black, a twenty-three-minute documentary featuring directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, and John Maybury, as well as scholar David Forgacs
The End of "Salò", a forty-minute documentary about the film’s production
Video interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and director and film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin
Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
PLUS: Essays by Roberto Chiesi and Naomi Greene, and (Blu-ray only) essays by Neil Bartlett, Breillat, Sam Rohdie, and Gary Indiana, and excerpts from Gideon Bachmann’s on-set diary