Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
Basically, it’s a story of humanity’s base impulses taken to their horrific extremes. It’s easy to view this as one of the most disgusting movies ever filmed, but Pasolini made it to indict fascism and Italy’s ruling class in general. I recommend it, but only watch it if you have a strong stomach.
Now, who would have thought that taking a Marquis de Sade book about the most vile sexual acts imaginably… and turning it into a film almost as equally vile… was a good idea? That was a brave move, and obviously one that would come with more than its share of controversy.
But this controversy is also why it must be praised. Though it is indeed vile ,and often hard to watch, everyone involved came their complete efforts to make this the strong, memorable monstrosity that it is. It remains a parable of fascism, a story of horror as well as war.