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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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Cast

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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
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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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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>

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The Most Controversial Picture of Our Time!

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Drama

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(Technicolor) (Eastmancolor)

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Trivia

Romy Schneider turned down the role of Lucia. Mia Farrow was considered, as well as Dominique Sanda, before Charlotte Rampling was selected based on her work alongside Dirk Bogarde in Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969). See more »

Goofs

In the flashback with the ballet dancer, dancing in a kind of gym, there is a shot with a poster of Himmler against a pillar. There are also 2 guards standing on the right. A bit later the same angle and the poster is gone and the guards have disappeared. 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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Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

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Sonata 1950
Composed by Daniele Paris
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Shocking without being vulgar. A gem.
1 March 2004 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

In some ways this film is still very shocking. Although it is neither violent nor vulgar, the situation is disturbing and violent -actually it's something we DON'T see with our eyes: a psychological violence.

Some years after the end of Second World War, a woman meets in a hotel her jailer during her concentration camp period. He was an SS officer, now he's a night porter. With him she re-starts a relationship made of attraction and sadomasochism.

The film is shocking because it describes an insane situation, led by two insane people. These are the disturbing elements of the film, because spectators don't feel well in seeing that. The atmosphere has something very icy and miserable. I think it's precisely Liliana Cavani's goal: a study of insanity, without self-indulgence.

After 30 years "Night porter" remains a gem. An intelligent movie, full of provocation. Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde are extraordinary.


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