one of the most controversial movies ever made, salo 120 days of sodom, will be screening this friday june 17th at the institute for american art (24 preble st. first floor) presented by a new collective called film interuptus. made in 1975 by pier paolo pasolini, the film has garnered some of the most intense reactions in filmgoers in its depictions of torture and depravity. pasolini was murdered shortly after the completion of the film, and it has been suggested that the content of the film- and certainly much of pasolini's political writings- were in large part a motive for his brutal death. depending on your stomach for sadism, salo itself is the kind of movie that you watch once and try to put out of your mind. when i studied film in college i was initially drawn to pasolini's work- in particular teorema and porcile. his place in italian cinema always felt like the punk-antidote to the romantic, or sometimes cold style of his contemporaries. there's a freedom and looseness to his style that feels more in line with the freewheeling menace of godard or fassbinder. that said, it wasn't till a few years after i graduated that i finally saw salo, and i can't say i've watched much of his work since. if you're going to be traumatized by a movie, it may as well be this one. the presenters of the film- film interuptus- will be showing the movie with a panel of experts and local film nerds who will be discussing the film before, after, and even during. i think i'm ready to give salo another shot in this setting.
a contemporary italian movie will be showing at the portland museum of art this weekend if you would like to round out your weekend with additional italian fascination with the grotesque. this one is called tale of tales and it looks totally wild. it appears to be a sort of episodic "adult fairy-tale" along the lines of game of thrones. ogres, sea monsters and john c. reilley are all involved. while some trailers make it look a little stuffy at times, the one below makes it look like a must-see:
tale of tales screens at the pma this weekend:
- Friday June 17 2:00 pm
- Friday June 17 6:30 pm
- Saturday June 18 2:00 pm
- Saturday June 18 6:30 pm
- Sunday June 19 2:00 pm
continuing down the path of john c. reilley, go see the lobster at the nick if you haven't done so already. i haven't gotten to yet, as ive been on tour, but am planning to do so asap. word on the street is that its one of the best movies of the year.
finally, if all the fantasy-depravity is giving you a headache, try the real-life insanity of weiner- a documentary about politician anthony weiner, who resigned after seven terms in congress due to a sexting scandal in 2011. the film follows weiner's attempt to get back into politics after the controversy, the ego, and probable sex addiction that overshadows his political work.
see you at the movies,