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The Night Porter (1974)

Il portiere di notte (original title)
R | | Drama | 1 October 1974 (USA)
After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, a Holocaust survivor and the Nazi officer who tortured her resume their sadomasochistic relationship.

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Max
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Giuseppe Addobbati ...
Stumm
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Countess Stein
Nino Bignamini ...
Adolph
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
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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>

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The Most Controversial Picture of Our Time!

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1 October 1974 (USA)  »

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(Technicolor) (Eastmancolor)

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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 »

Quotes

[Max has handcuffed Lucia to a long chain attached to the bathroom]
Lucia: Why?
Max: So they can't take you away.
Lucia: Who?
Max: Klaus... Bert, Hans.
[Lucia giggles]
Max: It's nothing to laugh about.
Lucia: And if they come with a file?
Max: Then you fight.
[Lucia continues giggling]
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Sonata 1950
Composed by Daniele Paris
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Bleak
8 July 2009 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is quite dark. If you are seeking material that can be described as "happy" or "light", you will not find it here. I didn't know anyone in this prior to viewing. This deals with Max, the night porter of the title, who has tried to put his past in the SS behind him. One night, he spots a woman, Lucia, and they both recognize each other... she was one of the concentration camp prisoners, and the two had a specific relationship with one another. The plot is captivating. This is deliberately paced, and those who have short attention spans, and/or wish for a lot of developments in a feature are not the intended audience for this. I found the behavior of all of the characters chillingly psychologically accurate, and this definitely takes a long, hard, unflinching and uncompromising look at human nature and the mind, and not everyone is going to like the observations. The acting is excellent. All of the leads disappear into their roles. They are all well-cast, too, talent as well as physical types. I don't know if anything similar to this has truly happened, but I can imagine it, and this does pay respect to the historical events. The editing mixes flashbacks and the present effectively. This has disturbing content, including violence, sexuality that is not graphic and explicit nudity. None of it is gratuitous. The DVD has credits and posters, and while the print starts out looking shabby, it turns out to be perfectly fine. I recommend this to anyone who believes they can handle it, and is mature enough, from reading this review. 7/10


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