Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975)

Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
ITA, 116 min.

Passolini’s last film before his murder. Widely considered to be the most controversial film of all time. Based on Les 120 journées de Sodome ou l’école du libertinage, by Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade.

fascist sadism
exemplary punishments
lots of sodomy

imdb ::  criterion

A Man Escaped [Un condamné à mort s’est échappé] (Robert Bresson, 1957)


“Bresson had wanted to entitle the film ‘Aide-toi’ (‘Help yourself’), part of the French expression, ‘Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera‘: in other words, ‘Heaven helps those who help themselves.’ He commented: ‘I would like to show this miracle: an invisible hand over the prison, directing what happens and causing such and such a thing to succeed for one and not for another…. . The film is a mystery…The Spirit breathes where it will.” (source)