In the early 1980s a print of Salò was seized by the Harris County Sheriff's Office after its third scheduled engagement at the River Oaks Theater. Several Houstonians involved with that incident have been invited to speak at this screening. Banned in Italy just a week after his murder, Pasolini's final film gives viewers a sadistic portrait of power at its most extreme.
The divisive film centers on the sexual rule of fascist libertines during the 1940s. It has been described as both "the most morally reprehensible film ever made" and "the strongest polemic against the infliction of all violence and suffering." Known more for its censorship than the film itself, Pasolini offers viewers an unflinching 20th century Italian interpretation of Marquis de Sade's 18th century novel.
For mature audiences only. Introduced by professor Alessandro Carrera, director of Italian Studies at the University of Houston.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
$9 general admission; $7 MFAH members and seniors; $5 Film Buff members.
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