Mon 12th Aug


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Upon its release in 1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini's film Salò was met with outrage and controversy, banned in many countries around the world. Pasolini had been the subject of scandal throughout his career as an author, poet, playwright, journalist, actor and filmmaker, often confronting societal and sexual taboos head-on in his work, and openly criticizing Christianity and capitalism. The hysteria around Salò's release was heightened further by Pasolini's untimely, violent death, which occurred just three weeks before the film's premiere in Paris.

The talk will examine Salò's place as the final film in Pasolini's filmography, as well as its tumultuous history with the censors. Once declared as "the sickest film ever made", the film has since acquired an air of respectability with DVD and Blu-ray releases from the Criterion Collection and the BFI, but this by no means weakens the impact the film still has on audiences (even implicating them in its expressions of violence and perversity), and its continued influence on contemporary filmmakers.

Dr Lindsay Anne Hallam is a senior lecturer at The University of East London She teaches Film Analysis and Film History on the BA Film course. Her primary research interest is horror cinema.

Presented by Deeper Into Movies.

This is an 18+ event. (Photo ID Required)

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7:00 PM
Lecture in charge of Dr Lindsay Anne Hallam
8:00 PM
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
9:30 PM