||Pier Paolo Pasolini
||Drama / Thriller / War
||Italy / France
Set in the Nazi-controlled, northern Italian state of Salo in 1944, four dignitaries round up sixteen perfect specimens of youth and take them together with guards, servants and studs to a palace near Marzabotto. In addition, there are four middle-aged women: three of whom recount arousing stories whilst the fourth accompanies on the piano. The story is largely taken up with their recounting the stories of Dante and De Sade: the Circle of Manias, the Circle of Shit and the Circle of Blood. Following this, the youths are executed whilst each libertine takes his turn as voyeur.
Paolo Bonacelli / Giorgio Cataldi / Umberto Paolo Quintavalle / Aldo Valletti / Caterina Boratto / Elsa De Giorgi / Hélène Surgère / Sonia Saviange / Sergio Fascetti / Bruno Musso / Antonio Orlando / Claudio Cicchetti / Franco Merli / Umberto Chessari / Lamberto Book