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Adam Chodzko

The British School

Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom, the last film by Pier Paolo Pasolini, was released shortly before the writer-director was murdered in 1975. Violent, at times unbearable, sorrowfully poetic, the film explores the psychopathology of Fascism. Salò is no longer widely (if ever) shown, but those who saw it at the time cannot have forgotten it. This writer, for example, is left with an indelible memory of the scene in which sixteen adolescents, subjected to torture by Fascists, sat at a long, elegantly set table, where they were forced to eat steaming human excrement served on splendid porcelain dishes. The film evidently also made a strong impression on Adam Chodzko, an English artist who would have been little more than a child when Salò was made. Taking a conceptual direction similar to that of his previous works, researching the film and placing ads in newspapers, Chodzko attempted to reunite

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