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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 »
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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)
 

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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:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Eroticism + Nihilism = 1970's Art-Films, 18 October 2003
Author: ChristerThor from Bermuda



Way back in the mists of time, in the early 1970's, there were some directors (both male and female) who made sincere efforts to make films that dealt with themes of fringe-sexuality and dark nihilism, but create them with seriousness, mood, and poignancy: in other words, they tried to raise the fringes up to the level of High Art.

Along with films like "Last Tango in Paris", "The Night Porter" is a story about a very implausible encounter between 2 people who willingly descend into self-destructive behavior and death. The story involves a female Holocaust-survivor who accidentally reunites with a man who used to be a Nazi guard at her concentration-camp, and who had sexually tormented her. But we're to believe that she actually loved this man, and fondly remembers his sexual exploitation of her in the camp, portrayed through many flashbacks.

The very idea of this occurring in real life defies belief, but perhaps that's not the point. I assume the director, who is a woman, wants the viewer to accept the scenario as-is and then ponder the many gray areas of sexual morality and emotional bondage between men and women, and then question the "dark side of the soul" and where it leads us if we explore its power too deeply. I assume the film's nihilistic ending is the director's answer to these questions.

The film's pace is very ponderous and pensive, with long periods of silence and wordless flashbacks to the Holocaust. The film is very moody, includes some very pretty Classical music scores, and the camera frames scenes with may creative angles and reflections.

Charlotte Rampling is really quite good in her role as the Holocaust survivor. Most people remember her topless dance in one of her flashbacks, where she dances seductively for several Nazi officers, but it's actually quite tastefully done, filmed as an odd analogy of the New Testament story of Salome's Last Dance. It's probably one her best roles, despite the unbelievable context.

This film is very much part of that genre of early 1970's films known today as "Cinema of Alienation". The early 70's was a time of some pretty serious artistic Angst, which is a mindset that can sometimes produce very powerful art. The film's ending would never get past Hollywood today, since American audiences are supposed to walk out of theaters feeling happy and secure, not disturbed.

I recommend the film. It will linger in your mind for quite a while. But it's not a date-movie, so choose your co-viewers wisely. Remember, this is High Art... ;-)

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