Masterclass in pristine impressionism, this represents the auteur's most complete treaty about all of humanity's facet of evil and darkness: murder, suicide, rape, idolatry, human and animal sacrifices, death sentence, Catholic fundamentalists, misogyny, labor exploitation, slavery, capitalism, physical abuse, authoritarian oppression, manipulation, lies, deceit, sexual lust, psychological torture, demoralization and exhibitionism (to list the most relevant within the context of the film), all resulting in degradation, anger, frustration, pain, agony, sexual destruction, vengeance, gore and death.
-Greenaway: one of the most important directors in film history.
-The Baby of Mâcon: Proudly, Greenaway's own Salò.
-Patterns and trademarks: Symmetry, impressionistic tracking shots, the number three (perhaps as a sign of divinity), timings of exceptional mathematical precision, meta-art, Greek plays in the tradition of Sophocles, and metatheatre.
-Verdict: One of the most poetic and darkest films ever made.