Salo (120 Days of Sodom) (18)

Various Artists

Sun 26 Apr 2009

Barbican Cinema 2

Italian intellectual, poet, writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s final film was an adaptation of the Marquis de Sade’s 18th Century novel relocated to 1944 and the Nazi-controlled Italian state of Salo.  Graphically depicting the sexual and physical abuse of a group of adolescents the film was initially banned in many countries on its release in 1975 and even today is considered a controversial and daring work.

London based performance maker, founder and Artistic Director of the SPILL Festival, Robert Pacitti will introduce this screening explaining how the dramaturgical structure and performance style of Salo forms the basis of his own live work ‘A Forest’ which plays in the Pit theatre in April. Reflecting on how notions of risk are one of the key drivers of much contemporary performance, particularly around the politics of representation, Robert will describe how this film informs the aesthetics and politics of his stage work and why it is as relevant today as a treatise on fascism as it was when Pasolini made it thirty years ago.

Italy 1975 Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini 117 min.