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Il portiere di notte
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Director:
Writers:
Liliana Cavani (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
1 October 1974 (USA) See more »
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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

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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)
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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 (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2006) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | 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 »
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48 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
A movie that dares, 22 August 2000
Author: KuRt-33 (kurtaerden@yahoo.com) from Antwerp, Belgium

Even though I was planning to watch something else that Saturday night, I came across BBC2 where "The Night Porter" was on and saw it once again. The first time I saw the movie I was a bit disappointed. I had heard so much about this movie that the film couldn't live up to my high expectations. But some scenes found a place in the back of my mind and stayed there. The second time I saw it I was intrigued more and more and ever since I see it as the classic it should be.

If ever there was a difficult movie, it was "The Night Porter". The pace is slow and the characters are all weird. There aren't many movies where you get a homosexual Nazi wanting to be a ballet dancer and a sadistic Nazi still in love with love with a masochistic girl from the camps. (There's more, but I don't want to spoil the plot.) Only a spark of the plot could have been the subject for lots of raunchy exploitation movies, but "The Night Porter" manages to keep its class. The movies is set years after the war. Some Nazis were fortunate enough not to be caught and got on with their lives. Unfortunately one person has survived the camps as well. She immediately recognizes Max (Dirk Bogarde), her cruel S&M-master, and he (now a night porter in a hotel) recognizes her (Charlotte Rampling) as well. The only problem is that the other living Nazis cannot know she's still alive, or they would assassinate her. The passion between Max and his former slave returns and the Nazis find out about their relationship. Max tries to keep her out of their hands, so madly in love that he wants to die for her. (Again, more information would spoil the movie.)

"The Night Porter" is one of the few movies where S&M-relationships aren't immediately reduced to a bunch of idiots and losers playing around with whips and leather masks. It also dares to show you other Nazis than the Pavlovian dogs you normally get to see. And above all it stars Charlotte Rampling as Lucia. Watch her as she performs the dance of Salomé and gets a present from Max (know your Bible and have an idea of what's to come). Watch her face and her near-skeletonlike body very closefully: that is how you should act disgust. Watch her as she locks herself in the bathroom and tries to hurt Max's foot with some glass. Listen to the music, the perfect addition to this murky movie.

Due to the difficulty of the movie it'll never raise above its status as cult classic and actually that's a shame. Be brave and try it.

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