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Advanced applied sadism
on 4 October 2017
I must admit I was utterly shocked that humans could sink, or even be envisaged to sink, so low! I am somewhat mollified to hear that
Pasolini intended his film to be a warning. Though surely after the terrible wars of the 20th century plus Cambodia, Rwanada, Iraq etc,
is there really a depth of human vileness that we all are not aware of? I question the usefulness of Pasolini's film - apart from giving
ideas to our serial killers & torturers across the world: it cannot really be viewed for entertainment except to the mentally ill. So it only
serves as instruction.
So a group of depraved sadists, heads of a failing state, decide to humiliate, torture & murder a group of young people. There is not even
a stern redeeming reason (like in pursuit of war) for this, no happy ending, no rescue, hardly even an analysis of their reasons. Men who are
pure evil, straight from the Pit. I have always been for free speech, but this film makes me wonder... If our civilisation falls, as the one in the film did, it will surely be because of men such as the ones in this film and our inability to control them. Sensitive people - avoid this film,
psychologists, doctors & spiritual teachers please see it & prevent such things, the rest of us please ask - do I really need to wallow in such evil?
For the quality only three stars, despite Pasolini's fame. I found it too stuck in the chateau, too claustrophobic, too narrow, and the acting leaves something to be desired. It's even dull at times.