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Wed, Nov 11, 2020 2:59 PM

Genre of Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

Hi everyone. I have proposed more times the deletion of two genres listed for the movie "Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma", but my proposals have always been declined. Indeed this movie can't be qualified as "horror" movie, it is very violent but there are not elements of fear or traceable to horror movies. It's not even a "war" movie, the film is set during World War II, but no war scenes are shown.  Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma can be just considered a drama film. Is it possible to correct the genres of this movie?

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6 m ago

Hey, checking out as much as I can about this title I agree that it doesn't merit the War genre so I've submitted a delete to that myself.

 

From the clips I have seen I do think it qualifies as horror, so that stands from my point of view. As always genres are subjective, so I'm willing to hear arguments on this one if anyone has any counter points!

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I think this is pretty definitive - horror stays war goes. Closing this one now, hanks everyone for the debate.

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6 m ago

Hi Grayson and tasmania, a horror movie should contain scary scenes, that's not the case. This movie is repugnant for the ignoble conduct of the 4 lords, the film is based almost entirely on rape and psychological violence. Only at the end there are some particularly bloody scenes, but which do not necessarily distinguish a horror film. After all, I don't see sources citing Salò as a horror movie. In this case it is the context that is shocking.

@jeorj_euler interesting question, but I believe that the jurisdiction of the Italian Social Republic at that time took care of other matters :/

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6 m ago

I propose an imprecise-but-viable formula. If a movie straddling the border between thriller and horror is more like Cape Fear than Psycho, then it ought to be classified as "thriller", whereas if it more like Psycho than Cape Fear, then it ought to be classified as "horror". How does that sound?

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@jeorj_euler I don't think so, It doesn't seem to me a thriller movie, indeed I don't think it's cataloged as a thriller movie anywhere, but not even as a horror movie, so the problem persists....

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Unfortunately, I'm not sure what you mean, aquilatonante.

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6 m ago

Haven’t seen Salo in years (that first DVD from Criterion was probably the most expensive DVD at the time when it went out of print), but it’s a very unique film. Hard to put it in any genre, to be honest. You certainly have to see first, that much is true. It has some horrors of fascism etc, but I don’t believe that it’s a ”horror film” per se.

Edit: Disclaimer: Watch this film at your own risk. ”Unique” in this case also means that many people will hate it.

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