Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom ★★★½

An effective metaphor against fascism and blind political conformity. Intentionally vile, nihilistic, and inhumane, Salò depicts the lengths that a group of bored fascist bourgeoisie are willing to go to satisfy their needs. In this, they round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of horrific acts of torture. Salò is not for the faint hearted, in fact, the combination of the film's sickening imagery with its startlingly calm atmosphere work together to create a genuinely disturbing feeling. At times, it does get a bit too ridiculous for me but as disgusting and repulsive as it is, it is a fascinating watch and does truly deliver on its message. Knowing Pasolini's own personal experience with fascism living through Mussolini's regime only added to the impact of the film.

Oh, and one of the main baddies in this looks exactly like Sargon of Akkad so, uh, there's that...