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All's good if it's excessive.
~ The Bishop's philosophy

The Bishop is one of the main characters of the infamous novel of erotic horror-satire Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. He is a corrupt church official who secretly denies God, preferring to embrace a life of dishonesty, licentiousness and monstrous cruelty. He is the younger brother of The Duke of Blangis and, with him and their friends Curval and Durcet, participates in an evil plan to capture and imprison several teenage boys and girls and subject them to every conceivable torture, cruelty, and perversion.

Together with three friends and his brother, the Bishop has entered into an agreement to cement their friendship, organizing of marriages with the four daughters of men, but, unlike his companions, who married a girl each, Bishop married their three daughters offering them in exchange for his daughter, but did not waive the rights over her.

Like the three companions, being protagonist of a novel and a film genre satirical, The Bishop embodies one of the four main forms of power, in his case, the church.

In Pasolini's film, The Bishop is played by Giorgio Cataldi. Like the President, the Bishop's dialogue has been dubbed in Italian, in his case, by the famous poet Giorgio Caproni.


The Bishop is described as a man flabby and weak, a person by the banal, otherwise then by his brother physically far more handsome, but equally evil and superior refinement of taste. The book told of how, appointed guardian of two children (a boy and a girl), the sons of one of his friends and recipients of a tremendous legacy, deprived them of all their possessions, forcing them to live up to adolescence in segregated conditions harsh, then taking advantage of both sexually and then slaughter them brutally.

He is a big fan of sodomy, as active as passive; even when he has sex with women and girls, flatly he refuses to have relations with their vaginal (except the time when, once in his life, he owned the sister only to impregnate to then, abusing their son, power savor the pleasures of incest), given that the very sight of her vagina makes it unspeakable disgust. He is the father of Aline (passing to be youngest daughter Blangis), he had with one of the wives of the Duke; the girl is so considered daughter of the Duke and nephew of the Bishop.

Obviously he has denied God, becoming a Satanist.


Because of the setting of the film other than the book, the film is set in Italy in World War II, Bishop becomes a fascist. Extremely sadistic as in the book, he notes the names of many of the victims in the notebook punishment. It seems very attracted to a young victim named Graziella, and has an affair with a young collaborator. He celebrates the marriages of his brother and two friends with many collaborators, in a kind of grotesque black mass.


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President Curval | The Duke of Blangis | Bishop | The Banker Durcet

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