Tuesday 17 April
Italian Antifascist Cinema: Pasolini's Salò & Love Meetings
Cinema of the Dam'd responds to the recent victory of right-wing parties and regressive politics in the Italian elections with two nights of proudly anti-fascist Italian cinema. This evening we watch two very different examples of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s inquiries into power and sexuality. We begin with his infamous final film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) and continue with his fascinating documentary Love Meetings (1964). CW: Salò depicts graphic scenes of sexual violence.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom @ 19:00
In an isolated Italian villa at the twilight of fascism, four wealthy libertines exercise total power over 18 kidnapped teenagers, subjecting them to sexual abuse, torture and humiliation. Adapted from the Marquis De Sade's infamous novel, Pasolini’s last film is one of the most distressing and intense cinematic experiences ever made. It is a horrifying gallery of unchecked sadism and human subjugation, a test of audience endurance, and a fierce attack on fascist perversion. Never shrinking away from the grim subject matter, Pasolini brings a painterly eye to these proceedings, even as the cruel protagonists act on their belief that "All things are good when taken to excess." Salò is among the most polarising and most debated movies of European cinema. Watch the trailer.
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1974, Italy, 116 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.
Love Meetings (Comizi D’Amore) @ 21:30
One might say that Pasolini placed all the humanity that is missing in Salò into his earlier documentary Comizi D’Amore. Inspired by the verite style of the French New Wave, Pasolini restlessly travelled across Italy with a microphone and a camera, interviewing everyday people about their views on love and sexuality. The result is an endearing collection of playful observations and coy evasions, conservative refusals and daring dreams of emancipation. The small crowds that gather before his camera reveal a country that is at once rapidly changing and stuck in time, both in its bedrooms and in its town squares. Here’s a peek of what you'll find in this very rare high-quality screening.
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964, Italy, 90 minutes. In Italian with English subtitles.
Bar opens at 18:30.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
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