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5.0 out of 5 stars Pasolini's unflinching portrait of fascism, 22 Jan 2007
This review is from: Salo [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
In this film Pasolini gives us an exploration of the nature of fascism via a story of a group of youths captured and imprisoned in a villa in the fascist republic of Salo in Italy in 1944.These youths are then subjected to an orgy of sexual degradation and humiliation - including being made to eat their own faeces -before some of them are finally tortured and executed in the most barbaric manner,which we view from a distance as the fascist guards discuss trivia while dancing and watching the horrendous scene.Not only does this film see Pasolini use de Sade's novel as an allegory for fascism,but he himself was moved to make this film by the wave of reaction sweeping Italy in the 1970s,which was not to be seen again until the vicious repression we saw in Genoa in 2002.This film is not to be viewed as entertainment.It is true art, and as such is challenging in the extreme.I saw this film at the ICA as part of the discussion on the relaxation of Britain's antiquated censorship regime.I recall walking home from the viewing feeling genuinely disturbed and soiled,which is exactly what a portrait of the fascist mind should do.As one of the protagonists says: 'we fascists are the true anarchists',and in Salo we see a protrait of a world with no values and no humanity.
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'true art' my arse!
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