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Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom (Blu-ray) BFI


Banned, censored and reviled the world over since its release, Pasolini’s final and most controversial masterpiece is presented here fully uncut and uncensored in a new restoration. The content and imagery of Salò is extreme: it retains the power to shock, repel and distress. But it remains a cinematic milestone: culturally significant, politically vital and visually stunning.

Based on a novel by the Marquis de Sade – and taking as its setting the miniature fascist republic which Mussolini established in 1944 in Italy – this is a film about power, corruption, and the degradation of the human body. It is a devastating, angry cry from one of the most controversial auteurs in cinema history.

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Special Features

Presented in High Definition
Original Italian language and alternative English language versions
Newly recorded audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author, film critic, columnist and editor-in-chief for Diabolique magazine
The End of Salò (2008, 40mins): actors Antinisca Nemour and Paolo Bonacelli, screenwriter Pupi Avati, production designer Dante Ferretti, assistant director Fiorella Infascelli, assistant editor Ugo Maria De Rossi and others, discuss the film's production history and Pasolini's legacy and tragic death.
‘OSTIA (The Death of Pasolini)’ Coil’s 1986 track with video accompaniment from 2008
Open Your Eyes! (2008, 22 mins), Pasolini and his actors at work on the set of Salò
Walking with Pasolini (2008, 22 mins): documentary featuing Neil Bartlett, David Forgacs, Noam Chomsky and Craig Lapper
Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (1981, 61 mins) the classic documentary on the life and death of Pasolini
Salò: Fade to Black (2001, 24 mins): documentary exploring the ongoing relevance and power of Pasolini's masterpiece
Ostia (1987, 27 mins): a short film about Pasolini starring Derek Jarman with optional director's commentary
Enfants de Salò (2009, 18 mins): French filmmakers including Gaspar Noé deconstruct Salò
Original Italian trailer