Film Reviews

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“Long Live Death!” – On Pasolini’s Salò (2024)

This text on Pasolini’s Salò first appeared something like 25 years ago in Datacide No.6. It was part of a sequence of texts on cinema which began with a piece on Alan Pakula’s Parallax View and ended in a text on Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.
Here Howard Slater returns to and revives his psycho-social analysis of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s last film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom.

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1998ArticlesDatacide 4Film Reviews

The Western

The text offers a vivid commentary on the transformation of landscapes and their symbolic connections to human aspirations and social struggles. It juxtaposes orderly agricultural fields, symbolizing efficiency and ownership, with untamed forests and lawless frontier towns, representing unpredictability and societal conflicts. Through the lens of Anthony Mann’s westerns, it explores themes of law, identity, community, and the struggle for power, questioning the balance between imposed order and innate chaos.

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