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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:
"There Is No Cure" See more (75 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)
 

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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 »
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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
"There Is No Cure", 6 September 2006
Author: wmarkley from Ohio

A controversial and shocking movie? Definitely, and the way some people today profess to be jaded about "The Night Porter" says more about our current culture than about the movie itself. Other persons who experienced the Holocaust first-hand have reacted negatively towards it for its portrayal of a destructive but loving relationship born amidst the Holocaust. Their objections are certainly understandable. There has also been, though, an awful lot of politically-correct garbage and pretentious nonsense written about "The Night Porter," much of which has missed or misinterpreted some of the strongest elements of the movie.

When I first saw "The Night Porter" in the early 1980's, it certainly had the power to shock me and many others, yet at the same time it offered a depth of aesthetic experience well beyond just shock for its own sake. These aesthetic qualities produce a sense of doom and sadness, yet also show beauty and love amidst the hopelessness.

Dirk Bogarde gives a really masterful performance as Max, a former Nazi SS man who bears a huge burden of guilt. After World War II, Max works at the main desk of a gorgeous old hotel in Vienna. Here he re-encounters Lucia, who survived the Nazi concentration camps, where she was a victim of Max's sadism. Bogarde's Max, and Charlotte Rampling as Lucia, do not say a word at first during their unexpected postwar encounter in the hotel, yet their understated expressiveness speaks paragraphs. The most controversial parts of the movie show the sort of sado-masochistic relationship which the two resume soon afterwards. While this relationship is very disturbing, with Max's sometimes cruel nature and the destructiveness of the mutual attraction, there is also a kind of love expressed by the two towards each other. Lucia is certainly a victim, yet she also consciously holds a power over Max. The sado-masochism is not glamourized, and I don't see any suggestion that these two lovers are any sort of role models. Yet they also evoke sympathy.

Throughout the movie, Bogarde is able to show a wide range of thoughts and emotions by just a slight movement of the corner of his mouth, or by the raising of an eyebrow. Rampling shows vulnerability and also the power that she has over Max. She sometimes appears like a sleek, sly cat, and at other times clearly like the victim of the camp horrors. Other actors such as Philippe Leroy, Isa Miranda and Amedeo Amodio also do a nice and sometimes subtle job of expressing the psychic state of their characters. Another character, an Italian who survived awful times, appears like a dog who has been beaten and fears another whipping.

"The Night Porter" can be slow-moving, yet this is punctuated by some very vivid scenes. For me, the most striking one is a flashback to a time during the war when Bert, a Nazi associate of Max, puts on a performance for a group of SS men and women, to the accompaniment of some gorgeous classical music. Not only does the scene seem to have a very sinister quality, but Amodio as Bert expresses an emotional longing which has important repercussions. There is also another very eerie flashback showing a musical, cabaret-style performance by Lucia for her SS captors. Something of the corruption, moral bankruptcy and hopelessness of Nazism is conjured up by this scene.

On the downside, some of the minor characters are portrayed in a caricaturish way, the voice dubbing can be off-putting, and some plot elements towards the end of the movie are at times very silly. Through those failures, though, I think the movie still succeeds aesthetically. Partly this is due to the appealing yet melancholy and ominous musical score by Daniele Paris and others, the disturbing magnetism of Max and Lucia, and the cinematography. Throughout the movie the beautiful, fascinating city of Vienna almost seems a character in itself.

"The Night Porter" is certainly not for everyone. In addition to its portrayal of a very disturbing, unconventional love relationship, it has a few brief scenes of graphic sex, and small bits of the ugliness of the camps. For those who don't mind getting through those parts, its aesthetic qualities can be very rewarding. Be warned though that the movie contains much ugliness along with its beauty. As Lucia says to someone who is trying to use pschoanalytical games to avoid his guilt and shame, "There is no cure."

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