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Il portiere di notte
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The Night Porter -- A concentration camp survivor discovers her ex-torturer/lover working as a night porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them.

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Director:
Writers:
Liliana Cavani (screenplay) &
Italo Moscati (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 October 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Most Controversial Picture of Our Time!
Plot:
After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, a Holocaust survivor and the Nazi officer who tortured her resume their sadomasochistic relationship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A masterpiece. See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dirk Bogarde ... Max

Charlotte Rampling ... Lucia
Philippe Leroy ... Klaus

Gabriele Ferzetti ... Hans
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Stumm

Isa Miranda ... 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
Piero Mazzinghi ... Concierge
Kai-Siegfried Seefeld ... Jacob (as Kai S. Seefeld)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Rietty ... Various roles (voice)
Carlo Mangano ... Portiere (uncredited)

Directed by
Liliana Cavani 
 
Writing credits
Liliana Cavani (screenplay) &
Italo Moscati (screenplay)

Barbara Alberti (screenplay collaborator) &
Amedeo Pagani (screenplay collaborator)

Liliana Cavani (story) &
Barbara Alberti (story) &
Amedeo Pagani (story)

Produced by
Esa De Simone .... producer
Robert Gordon Edwards .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Paris 
 
Cinematography by
Alfio Contini (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Franco Arcalli 
 
Art Direction by
Nedo Azzini 
Jean Marie Simon 
 
Set Decoration by
Osvaldo Desideri 
 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
 
Makeup Department
Iole Cecchini .... hair stylist (as Jole Cecchin)
Iole Cecchini .... makeup artist (as Jole Cecchin)
Cesare Paciotti .... hair stylist
Cesare Paciotti .... makeup artist
Euclide Santoli .... hair stylist
Euclide Santoli .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Umberto Sambuco .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Cirino .... assistant director
Johann Freisinger .... assistant director: Vienna
Paola Tallarigo .... assistant director
Mario Garriba .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Roberto Arcangeli .... sound effects editor
Michael Billingsley .... sound editor
Robert Rietty .... post-synchronization director
Eugenio Rondani .... sound
Decio Trani .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Victorio Cessari .... chief grip (as Vittorio Chessari)
Domizio Ercolani .... chief electrician
Giancarlo Granatelli .... assistant camera
Sandro Tamborra .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Fanetti .... wardrobe mistress
Alberto Verso .... assistant: Mr. Tosi
 
Editorial Department
Andrea Gargano .... final colorist
Ernesto Novelli .... color supervisor
Edoardo Romani .... first assistant editor
Elvio Sordoni .... assistant: Mr. Arcalli
 
Music Department
Karl Böhm .... conductor: "Die Zauberflöte" (as Karl Bohm)
Daniele Paris .... conductor
 
Other crew
Dino Di Dionisio .... production assistant
Otto Boris Dworak .... production assistant: Vienna (as Otto Dworak)
Robert Edwards .... production assistant (as Roberto Edwards)
Nino Lembo .... jewellery
Raffaele Mottola .... dialogue coach
Maria Luisa Rosen .... continuity (as Marisa Rosen)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Charlotte Rampling (Italian version) (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Philippe Leroy (Italian version) (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: Dirk Bogarde (Italian version) (uncredited)
Lidia Simoneschi .... voice dubbing: Isa Miranda (Italian version) (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il portiere di notte" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min | Argentina:116 min | Italy:115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2006) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1984) | Italy:(Banned) (original rating) | Italy:VM18 (re-rating) (1974) | Japan:R-18 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 (1975) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfteSee more »

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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece., 7 February 2008
Author: dead47548 from United States

A jaw-dropping study on love in the most obscure of circumstances. It's an intense and compelling study of these characters who flow in the most opposite of circles (one a Nazi, the other a Jewish prisoner in the concentration camp he works at) and a love that transcends anything I've imagined experiencing. I've heard the film called dull numerous times and I could see why one would think this, but I thought the haunting silences only made the film more engaging and had my eyes further glued to the screen. The structure of spasmodically switching from scenes in the concentration camp to when the two lovers see each other again in 1957 really helped put the viewer into the mind-set of the two main characters. It jars the mind and keeps us aware of this inordinate love and why these people are so confused and attracted to one another. A truly original technique that I really admired. Liliana Cavani uses angles and wide-shots that create a haunting sense of passion and really made the cinematography rank high among my all time favorites. Dick Bogarde and especially Charlotte Rampling are phenomenal. Their performances are passionate, intense and natural. The film certainly lived up to my expectations.

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