Screenwriter/director. Co-founder of National Jesse Eisenberg Day (May 15) with @jjsyd23.
I think there is definitely artistic integrity in Saló, and I respect Pasolini for having such an uncompromising vision for the film, but although the fascist power struggle being depicted between ruler and subject is thought-provoking, it feels like it’s not the most effective way of suggesting change. People who go into this film hating fascism [like me :)] will walk out of the theater still hating fascism. People who believe in fascism will, I assume, just think the allegory…
Satiating on both a technical level and a narrative level. I leaned in once I saw the aperture opening mid-shot for dramatic effect, very interesting! Haven’t seen anything like that shot lighting/camera-wise since Nights of Cabiria. All was worth it for the last shot. Even though it wasn’t perfect, there were a lot of great ideas and themes being toyed with. Much food for thought.
I knew a girl like this once, knew her a little too well.