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SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM (1975)

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  • dir.  Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Year. 1975
  • country. Italy
  • run-time. 117 mins
  • rating. 18

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 19:30 - Film 20:00


Deptford Cinema ends the S&M season with possibly the most controversial film in the genre:

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Released in 1975, Salò was rejected by the BBFC; finally allowing its release (in an uncut form) in 2000. Salò has been banned in several countries, because of its graphic portrayals of rape, torture and murder.  Upon its release, the film sparked numerous debates among critics and censors about whether or not it constituted pornography due to its nudity and graphic depiction of sex acts.

Follow this link to the BBFC for a an in-depth case study of this film.

In Italian with English subtitles.


In reaching the decision to pass Salo 18 uncut, the BBFC considered that although the film was undeniably - and intentionally - shocking, it did not contain anything that would ‘deprave and corrupt’ viewers - the basic test of the Obscene Publications Act. In fact, Salo’s purpose and its likely effect on viewers seemed to be quite the opposite.
— BBFC