When Life is Up For Sale

ATTENTION: NSFW and some disturbing content below and links. For mature readers only.

As I wrote earlier, I’ve been on a film kick lately. I’m usually attracted to stuff which explores metaphysical themes anyway so I struggled with writing this blog post and whether to publish it or not. I then decided, that as disturbing, ugly and painful as some aspects may be, in the end, the message is too important to pass up.

Pier Paolo Pasolini was a bit of a genius polymath. A writer, journalist, art critic, poet, painter, actor, novelist, philosopher, intellectual, political commentator, and finally, film maker and director, there was not much on the creative side of culture he did not study or work in. More than a little ahead of his time, Pasolini often stumped or enraged the critics of his day and nearly 40 years after his death, people are just starting to understand him and his work with a deeper appreciation, mostly because for his uncanny foresight and prescience of the world to come.

Film poster of  "The Canterbury Tales"

Film poster of “The Canterbury Tales”

 

Pasolini had made a trio of films called the Trilogy of Life, which included “Decameron”(1971), “The Canterbury Tales”(1972) and “The Flower of the 1001 Nights”(1974) which in themselves were bawdy, lusty but joyful depictions of human sexuality. There is a joy and playfulness in the Trilogy which is pretty obvious to anyone who takes the time to watch them. Pasolini was no prude. He was openly gay in a time and culture when that was socially unacceptable and no doubt that bled into his work.

Criterion Collections DVD jacket cover for "Salo"

Criterion Collections DVD jacket cover for “Salo”

His next and final film was the mother lode.
In 1975, Pasolini did Salò, (or The 120 Days of Sodom), based of course, on the notorious book by the Marquis de Sade. Only Pasolini changed the setting completely and placed it in the final days of Fascist Italy in the 1940s. (Before I go any further, I should warn anyone who wants to watch this film or take it lightly that this is a VERY disturbing film, and not in a slasher-horror film kind of way. Even if  nothing is real in the film and props and fakes were used, the content is very troubling. You have to be very, very , very strong to watch it and should weaker, more delicate souls watch this, it will affect you on a subconscious level so you’ve been warned and need to take personal responsibility if you decide to watch it.)

The 4  aristocrats, representing Royalty, Clergy, Law, and Political Leadership

The 4 aristocrats, representing Royalty, Clergy, Law, and Political Leadership

The film instantly was banned in practically every country in the world because of its graphic depictions of sexual mutilation, sadism, mental and physical torture and coprophagia. It remains banned in Malaysia and Singapore even now. There’s not much to the plot, only in Republic of Salò, the Fascist-occupied part of Italy, in 1944, four wealthy men of power, the Duke (Royalty), the Bishop (Religion/Clergy), the Magistrate (the Law), and the President (the Leader/Executive), agree to marry each other’s daughters as the first step in a debauched ritual. They recruit four teenage boys to act as guards and four young soldiers (called “studs), who are chosen because of their large physical genital endowments. They then kidnap nine young men and nine young women and take them to a palace near Salò. Accompanying them are four middle-aged prostitutes, also collaborators, who recount arousing stories for the men of power, who, in turn, sadistically exploit their victims.

The four older prostitutes.

The four older prostitutes.

The story depicts some of the 120 days at the palace, during which the four men come up with even more abhorrent tortures and humiliations for their own pleasure. The film follows four different segments inspired by Dante’s Inferno, the Anti-Inferno, the Circle of Manias, the Circle of Shit and the Circle of Blood. I am not going to recount what happens in the film, you can read that elsewhere, but rather focus on what the film and it’s aftermath really shows up.

The kidnapped.

The kidnapped, at right.

Reader, this film will break your heart and your shake your will to live.
I had to force myself to watch it through and had a good cry afterwards but as horrific as the scenes and actions are, there is a method to the madness here and I understand what Pasolini was trying to warn us of. Pasolini understood what market forces ultimately do to human beings, human souls and human bodies. When life becomes commoditized to market forces, that’s when the real torture begins. When you lose respect for life and look at it as a commodity, you lose your ability to feel any empathy and start treating others as objects to your own whims and inclinations – and the results often do end up becoming horrific.

Various contestants from the reality TV show, "The Swan" where candidates show up for extreme plastic surgery and surgical makeovers.

Various contestants from the reality TV show, “The Swan” where candidates showed up for extreme plastic surgery and surgical makeovers.

Pasolini saw the writing on the wall back in 1975, before globalization really took hold of the world, before drug cartels controlled economies and before Banksters, Royalty, Religion, Law and Political Leaders hoodwinked the public to pay for their gross ineptitude and greedy appetites. He understood and saw all too clearly what the final outcome was going to be and started to ring the warning bell in the most brutal, urgent way possible. Unfortunately, he paid the price for it with his life. Shortly after production wrapped, Pasolini was brutally murdered in what many suspect was a Mafia hit. He was run over by a car, several times in a row, and pictures of his mangled, crushed body were published in the newspapers, shocking the Italian public even more. Somehow man and myth became one.

Matching gold toilet and bidet, from the Dubai Boat Show.

Matching gold toilet and bidet, from the Dubai Boat Show. Does anyone really need this?

 

The antithesis of “Salo”, a film which argues very well against this materialism, I think is “A Canterbury Tale” (1944) by the dynamic duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Set in wartime England, and like Geoffrey Chaucer’s original story of a group of eccentric pilgrims on their way to Canterbury Cathedral, it follows three young people: British Army Sergeant Peter Gibbs, US Army Sergeant Bob Johnson (played by real-life Sergeant John Sweet), and a land girl, Miss Alison Smith.

(L toR) Sargeant Bob, Alison and Sargent John

(L toR) Sergeant Bob Johnson, Alison Smith and Sargent Peter Gibbs

The group arrive at the railway station in a small Kent town of Chillingbourne, near Canterbury, late on night. Peter has been stationed at a nearby Army camp, Alison is due to start working on a farm in the area, and Bob left the train by mistake, hearing the announcement “next stop Canterbury” and thinking he was in Canterbury. As they leave the station together, Alison is attacked by a mysterious assailant in uniform who pours glue on her hair, before escaping. The remainder of the film is about the three of them sleuthing to find out who is”The Glue Man”.

That’s just the plot. It’s also a meditation on why nature has to be protected at all costs, the true cost of war and technology in human terms, the joy of childhood innocence and that miracles do happen. Chaucer’s pilgrims travelled to Canterbury to “receive a blessing, or to do penance”.  It’s really at the end which brings the film to a glorious, spiritual conclusion where each of them receives a blessing. (If you’re feeling lost or adrift, watch “A Canterbury Tale”.  It will help you find your bearings. )

The film also highlights The Pilgrims Way, an often-forgotten walking pilgrimage route which still runs through the English countryside ending at Canterbury Cathedral, and not unlike Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. The route is actually far older than the medieval pilgrimage route we know it as today and dates back to the Iron Age. (Quite often people doing the Pilgrim’s Way looking for blessings, end up doing penance and those looking to do penance end up with blessings. In other words, the route is some sort of karmic balancer and that is why I strongly suspect there’s a very powerful and still-pure ley line along that route.)

Map of The Pilgrim's Way.

Map of The Pilgrim’s Way.

Powell and Pressburger may have made the film in 1944, far earlier than Pasolini’s film, but I’ll leave you with the words of Sergeant John Sweet who played Sergeant Bob Johnson in the film. Sweet died in 2011 but he gave an interview in 2001 which is on the Criterion DVD of the film, when he returned to Canterbury for the first time after 57 odd years.

“When I say heads raised in the film, I do mean the spiritual, I mean that very much. This is about the human spirit. Indeed. I realized it yesterday. I saw it …clearly on the film, but I’m a little older and I know a little more than I did when I was 27… And today we’re hungry for this, without knowing how to move on it. …We’re hungry for something… For meaning. We’re talking about meaning… And we’re all short of it. We’re all trying to get it from science or from technology or…or mobile phones. And that’s… that’s silliness. There’s no spirituality in it or in the internet or facts or mobile phones…. It’s a poor, poor substitute for the spirit.”

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12 thoughts on “When Life is Up For Sale

  1. LB

    We had to watch Pasolini in a film class once in college – not Salo but Medea, I didn’t understand at the time why he was such a big deal, it just looked like a cheap Italian movie to me. Now I get it. His murder case is still a big deal in Italy and in film circles. He probably knew too much.

    • I’m surprised a college allowed a viewing of any Pasolini film. “Salo” wasn’t even allowed in the UK until 2001!
      You’re probably right about Pasolini knowing too much and therefore was taken out. There are so many theories and strange facts about his death, a documentary or book can be written up about it at this point.

  2. NT

    I did the Pilgrim’s Way about 15 years ago – the whole countryside in Kent is now cut up by busy and noisy motorways, it’s awful.

    • I didn’t even know about this pilgrimage route till I saw the film, which shows you how much I know. It’s too bad about the English countryside and the loss of it – it’s one of the main themes the film was pushing. The whole film is on Youtube if you’re interested in watching it.

  3. kezalu

    I know it’s a little removed, but I can’t help but draw some parallel with the over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls recently kidnapped with threats that they will be sold into slavery or married off to the highest bidders. I am astounded at the rather limp international response – and wonder if it was a male sports team kidnapped if it wouldn’t cause more outrage. It’s like females hold less value. These movies you describe (I shall take your advice and not watch them) are banned, but probably less for explicit content – instead because those in higher places want to protect their own interests.

    • Genus

      Kezalu, we’re on the same page! I just read this and thought the exact same thing. I’ve got more thoughts on this subject but they’re all over the place, stay tuned . . .

    • You’re right on Kezalu about the 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls vis a vis in importance and response to an all-male football team. Of course there is a gender bias here, and I would also add a racial one as well. I think the response would have been very, very different if this had been say 200 rich, white girls at a boarding school in Switzerland than 200 poor black girls at a boarding school in Nigeria.

      I think Pasolini, as an extremely creative, erudite but gay man living in conservative, Roman Catholic Italy during the 1940s-70s, understood all too keenly what happens sexually, physically, emotionally to those persons who are powerless and voiceless within a power structure and system which actively exploits them and uses them. They are deemed as expendable. He saw 40 years ahead of the rest of us where this was going to lead us. While his artistic response may have been disturbingly violent and ugly, it was and is nonetheless based on truth. It’s not a coincidence he was killed so soon afterwards.
      You’re also probably correct that the film is banned not so much for the content but because authorities are afraid of what may happen if too many bright minds see past the more sensational aspects of the film to the true message of the film …and act accordingly to stop it.

  4. g

    Evil is a slippery slope…it is very very easy to start, especially without a sense of standard of how you want to live your life. It’s so easy to start this slope, that most people who think they are ok, are somehow on this slope because there are things which are culturally acceptable or have become normal, that we can’t even see it.
    And then the decline….as evil is rewarded…and so the person becomes even less able to see it…again, backed up social support, social rewards…and so it continues.

    This slope is a subtle yet real process. The way I see things now….the balance is really tipped to the point where having a lifestyle which is evil is a potential viable choice, as the support you will get will carry you for a long time, maybe your whole life. This is why when confronted with the choice between good and evil, one can choose the evil direction, maybe with some discomfort, but also with a knowing that one will be supported somehow, there will be no repercussions, and with the learning that they can get away with it. Evil has built a safe island, because it has undermined all the ways that life is defended. Anything goes, there are no standards, no defense, no repercussions….this just feeds that evil behaviour. Ah somebody in pain….it doesn’t matter, they themselves have to fix their life, it does not matter if I hurt them…I have a party to go to etc…Oh my job in the pharmaceutical industry…doesn’t matter if the drugs are poisonous because some other person will be the fall guy…not littleoldme..

    The choice to gain the rewards of being good…such as things which really warm the soul, is also, of course, a viable choice. But the alternative choice of evil is presented everywhere. It is clever….for example, you can work for evil and be rewarded with a wonderful loving husband or wife. It is not always the case that if you are good you get good things. There is an energy exchange -if you hurt enough people, that hurt energy is given to the dark side and in return you get something good, for example, like a partner, or something else. So you see, it is very deceptive. You begin to think you are a good person doing good things, but you are not.

  5. searchingforfernando

    I agree with everything you wrote, g. “Evil has built a safe island”, that’s one of the most salient points I’ve read in a long time.

    I rented A CANTERBURY TALE shortly after I watched I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING. Although a great film, I think the former is not as good as the latter. I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING is in a class of it’s own. Thanks so much for the link to The Guardian article. It was great to learn more about the film.

  6. Genus

    Thought #1

    My first thought after reading this was narcissistically about MYSELF! How I spent 4 years studying accounting & finance, while simultaneously competing against & beating out thousands of others with the same sad goal: getting hired by a Big 6 accounting firm.

    After all that dignity selling, I felt like a prostitute and simultaneously my OWN pimp . . . ADVERTISING AND SELLING my wares (self) to whomever could pay, & being required to do WHATEVER is necessary to serve the customer/client AND not liking it!.

    Even if it meant leaving my Babies with a stranger I hired through a newspaper ad!

    All for the sake of a career and fitting in the “corporate mold” where kissing up and degrading oneself is the order of the day if you wanna play . . . and playing was never FAIR or nice.

    This revelation felt akin to a swift smack in the back of the head resulting in shyt on the floor. Life is and always have been UP FOR SALE — and its more disgusting when one DOES IT TO SELF.

    Thought #2: stay tuned. . .

  7. Genus

    Thought #2 – Pasolini

    . . . Mr. Pasolini was what I call a truth paver/exposer. He used his artistic talents (as artists often do), to expose and pave acceptance of truth as it WAS and IS now.

    Unfortunately, many folks prefer Door #2 (aka the “Program”) all the while knowing, practicing but pretending . . . that the TRUTH isn’t what it IS.

    Thought #3 – Truth

    . . . It’s often said that, “The Truth Shall Set One Free” . . . BUT, TRUTH is often rejected mainly because many prefer to remain enslaved. In enslavement, there IS Freedom . . . freedom from taking a stand, making a commitment, preforming an action, and suffering the consequences.

    In a nutshell: PEOPLE ARE GENERALLY COWARDS and unfortunately have been bred to be!!!

    . . . Mr. Pasolini exposed many outwardly unacceptable behaviors and most likely paid for it with his life. His “work” was probably an expression of his longing for the Freedom for him to just BE!

    Thought #4: stay tuned . . .

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