MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,133 this week

The Night Porter (1974)
"Il portiere di notte" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  1 October 1974 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 7,128 users  
Reviews: 77 user | 74 critic

After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, a Holocaust survivor and the Nazi officer who tortured her resume their sadomasochistic relationship.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 17 Jan 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 15 Oct 2013
 
list image
a list of 43 titles
created 29 Apr 2014
 
a list of 38 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Night Porter" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Night Porter (1974)

The Night Porter (1974) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Night Porter.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Damned (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem
Three I (1969)
Certificate: M Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two college friends, traveling in Europe, find themselves rivals for the attentions of a mysterious woman.

Director: James Salter
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Robie Porter, Sam Waterston
La pelle (1981)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, the life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women. Many sacrifice their dignity and morale to survive.

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Ken Marshall, Alexandra King
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Set in 1938 Berlin, Louise Von Hollendorf is the wife of a young Nazi diplomat who meets and falls in love with a certain Mitsuko Matsugae, an artist and the daughter of the Japanese ... See full summary »

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Gudrun Landgrebe, Kevin McNally, Mio Takaki
Night Porter (2013)
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A hotel bellboy takes on a task of helping a woman find her lost luggage but their brief encounter turns into the love story of his dreams.

Director: Bank Tangjaitrong
Stars: David Lind, Rebecca Steele, Jimmy Welleby
Francesco (1989)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Andréa Ferréol
Ripley's Game (2002)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tom Ripley persuades a man to commit a murder for a large sum of money. The situation goes out of control, and that man must escape trouble.

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Lena Headey
The Guest (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Lucia Bosé, Glauco Mauri, Peter Gonzales Falcon
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Dominique Sanda, Erland Josephson, Robert Powell
Milarepa (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Leo, dopo un incidente stradale, è ricoverato in ambulatorio e racconta al professore Bennet, suo medico curante, la storia e le gesta del monaco tibetano Milarepa, con il quale si ... See full summary »

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Lajos Balázsovits, Paolo Bonacelli, Marisa Fabbri
Thriller

A series of copycat murders will challenge the preconceptions of the brilliant academic Angela and her lifelong studies of death and its rituals, throwing Angela into collaboration with one of the world's foremost mediums.

Director: Liliana Cavani
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Le strade di una grande città sono piene di cadaveri, ma la gente sembra non accorgersene e passa indifferente. Per volere delle autorità, i corpi di quei cittadini, uccisi perchè ribelli, ... See full summary »

Director: Liliana Cavani
Stars: Britt Ekland, Pierre Clémenti, Tomas Milian
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Max
...
Philippe Leroy ...
...
Hans
Giuseppe Addobbati ...
Stumm
...
Countess Stein
Nino Bignamini ...
Marino Masé ...
Atherton (as Marino Mase')
Amedeo Amodio ...
Bert
Piero Vida ...
Day Porter
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Kurt
Manfred Freyberger ...
Dobson (as Manfred Freiberger)
Ugo Cardea ...
Mario
Hilda Gunther ...
Greta
Nora Ricci ...
The Neighbor
Edit

Storyline

Thirteen years after WWII a concentration camp survivor (Rampling) and her tormentor, currently the night porter at a Vienna hotel, meet again and fall back into their sado-masochistic relationship. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Most Controversial Picture of Our Time!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night Porter  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 1,556,471 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to an interview given by Charlotte Rampling on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air", the scene where she dances and sings topless in a Nazi outfit was the first scene filmed. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Look (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Portiere di Notte
Written by Daniele Paris
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very flawed but interesting and often beautiful film
23 December 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

It's easy to dismiss a film like this or Salo or In the Realm of the Senses as garbage. It's too easy, in fact, and not very fair. These films are all very interesting, if you can take them. And, if you can't stand the heat, hey, stay out of the kitchen.

Among the ranks of what I'll call the Artsploitation flick, The Night Porter is rather tame. There are only a couple of hardcore sex scenes, and there are really only two scenes with nudity.

What I like about this film is, first and foremost, the performance by Dirk Bogarde. The subtle guilt and shame he projects is simply amazing. He really builds a three dimensional character, and mostly without dialogue. Other performers are weaker. Charlotte Rampling, his captive, gives a very uneven performance. Sometimes it seems on the money, other times it seems forced, or blank. None of the others are really worth mentioning, except for that one actor's ballet dancing, which is quite remarkable.

Cavani's direction is sensuous. I saw this film for the second time today,

and I had failed to notice before that it was directed by a woman. Unfortunately, that doesn't affect my reading of the film any, but it is interesting. This definitely seemed like a male project. Cavani's direction has a certain grace, a certain elegance. The film contains several scenes that could be called masterpieces in the midst of a lesser work. My favorite in the entire film is the one where Lucia locks herself in the bathroom, breaks a bottle in front of the door, and then allows Max to run in after her. This scene is so marvelously directed, it would work particularly well when seen as a separate entity. The famous nude cabaret song, the one depicted on the Criterion cover, is also exquisite.

Technically, it is perfect. The cinematography is beautiful, as I've mentioned. The musical score is also gorgeous. It's possibly one of the greatest. The biggest failure of the film is definitely its script. The story is very difficult to follow. It's never clear exactly what has happened since the war, and what these former Nazis are doing in Vienna. It's also unclear what exactly the trials are that are always being brought up. And I'm not sure what they are afraid of, what they originally plan to do with Lucia, or anything like that. Or why they can't break into Max's apartment again. A lot of this stuff seems silly. I would have also liked Lucia's character better developed. We get the sense that she accepted Max's advances so quickly so that she could get his protection, which she receives in that biblical dance scene. I want more yet. With Max so well developed, Lucia feels somewhat like an object for the plot.

I rate this a high 7/10.


28 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Gay Sex snookafly2000
question of contraversy? IvetteB
The song Lucia sings. ulrik-petersen
misinterpretation dieJuedinUSA
Question, what happenes in the final scene? cass65
Just plain crappy. huttlover
Discuss The Night Porter (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?