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The Night Porter -- In Liliana Cavani's scintillating drama, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her ex-torturer/lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a 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. Operatic and disturbing, The Night Porter examines the cruelty and decadence of Nazi culture.

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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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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:
Very flawed but interesting and often beautiful film See more (83 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:
Charles Borromel ... Ernst's Father (voice) (uncredited)
Cicely Browne ... Countess Stein (voice) (uncredited)

Charles Howerton ... Kurt (voice) (uncredited)
Carlo Mangano ... Porter (uncredited)

Edmund Purdom ... Klaus (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Hans / Various (voice) (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 .... production
Robert Gordon Edwards .... production
Joseph E. Levine .... presents
 
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
Fernando Caso .... sound effects editor
Alvaro Gramigna .... foley artist
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
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter: US release
Raffaele Mottola .... additional dialogue: Italian version
Raffaele Mottola .... dialogue coach
Maria Luisa Rosen .... continuity (as Marisa Rosen)
Umberto Sambuco .... production coordinator
Cesare Barbetti .... voice dubbing: Amedeo Amodio: Italian version (uncredited)
Gianfranco Bellini .... voice dubbing: Italian version (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Charlotte Rampling: Italian version (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Philippe Leroy: Italian version (uncredited)
Gianni Marzocchi .... voice dubbing: Marino Masé: Italian version (uncredited)
Renato Mori .... voice dubbing: Geoffrey Copleston: Italian version (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi .... voice dubbing: Dirk Bogarde: Italian version (uncredited)
Lidia Simoneschi .... voice dubbing: Isa Miranda: Italian version (uncredited)
Piero Tiberi .... voice dubbing: Kai-Siegfried Seefeld: 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) (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2006) | Iceland:16 | Italy:(Banned) (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1984) | 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 »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Bert:Well?
Klaus:He doesn't answer. It's off the hook.
[lights a cigarette]
Klaus:Tell me, Bert. How long have you known Max?
Bert:Let's not talk about it.
Klaus:You don't, er... dance for him anymore?
Bert:I've lost him.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Celebrity Naked Ambition (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don JuanSee more »

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31 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Very flawed but interesting and often beautiful film, 23 December 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

It's easy to dismiss a film like this or Salo or In the Realm of the Senses as garbage. It's too easy, in fact, and not very fair. These films are all very interesting, if you can take them. And, if you can't stand the heat, hey, stay out of the kitchen.

Among the ranks of what I'll call the Artsploitation flick, The Night Porter is rather tame. There are only a couple of hardcore sex scenes, and there are really only two scenes with nudity.

What I like about this film is, first and foremost, the performance by Dirk Bogarde. The subtle guilt and shame he projects is simply amazing. He really builds a three dimensional character, and mostly without dialogue. Other performers are weaker. Charlotte Rampling, his captive, gives a very uneven performance. Sometimes it seems on the money, other times it seems forced, or blank. None of the others are really worth mentioning, except for that one actor's ballet dancing, which is quite remarkable.

Cavani's direction is sensuous. I saw this film for the second time today,

and I had failed to notice before that it was directed by a woman. Unfortunately, that doesn't affect my reading of the film any, but it is interesting. This definitely seemed like a male project. Cavani's direction has a certain grace, a certain elegance. The film contains several scenes that could be called masterpieces in the midst of a lesser work. My favorite in the entire film is the one where Lucia locks herself in the bathroom, breaks a bottle in front of the door, and then allows Max to run in after her. This scene is so marvelously directed, it would work particularly well when seen as a separate entity. The famous nude cabaret song, the one depicted on the Criterion cover, is also exquisite.

Technically, it is perfect. The cinematography is beautiful, as I've mentioned. The musical score is also gorgeous. It's possibly one of the greatest. The biggest failure of the film is definitely its script. The story is very difficult to follow. It's never clear exactly what has happened since the war, and what these former Nazis are doing in Vienna. It's also unclear what exactly the trials are that are always being brought up. And I'm not sure what they are afraid of, what they originally plan to do with Lucia, or anything like that. Or why they can't break into Max's apartment again. A lot of this stuff seems silly. I would have also liked Lucia's character better developed. We get the sense that she accepted Max's advances so quickly so that she could get his protection, which she receives in that biblical dance scene. I want more yet. With Max so well developed, Lucia feels somewhat like an object for the plot.

I rate this a high 7/10.

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