Paul Chan: The Sade I Know: Screening and Lecture
Pornographer, philosopher, and revolutionary, Marquis De Sade remains an indispensable figure in the history of Post-Enlightenment western thought. His books Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and the notorious The 120 Days of Sodom (written during imprisonment) push our understanding of sex, violence, and reason, to unimaginable heights. Sade has inspired countless writings and works. In this screening, Paul will show clips from three films based on, or inspired by, Sade. They include Salo (1975) by Pier Paolo Pasolini, who situates Sadean characters in Fascist Italy, Marquis (1989), a French live animation film featuring a talking penis, and Marquis de Sade (1994), a hardcore adult film starring Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi. In between clips, Paul will discuss Sade’s relevance today in politics, pornography, law, and morality.
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