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The Night Porter (1974) Poster

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Max: [to Lucia] There are no lines to Frankfurt. Why did you come here? Hm? Why did you come? WHY did you come?

[angrily kicks a table away]

Max: Have you come to give me away? HAVE YOU?

[hits her]

Max: Did you? Answer!

[the pair fall over]

Max: Did you? Why'd you come? Why'd you come? Why? Why? WHY!

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Max: [describing Lucia] My little girl...

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Max: I met her again... my little girl.

Countess Stein: You mean, the little girl from then?

[Max nods]

Max: [clears his throat] I found her again. I found her again. And no one must touch her!

Countess Stein: Who'd dream of touching her?

[Max gestures with his hands in objection]

Countess Stein: Oh, Max, be careful. Before she could testify against you, you should file her away.

Max: Oh... oh, no.

Countess Stein: But...

Max: No... I love her.

Countess Stein: [shakes her head] What a madman.

Max: She was my little girl...

[close to tears]

Max: She was very young.

Countess Stein: And now she's not.

Max: Yes. Yes, she... she's exactly the same... as she was for me.

Countess Stein: Oh, Max...

Max: As she was then!

Countess Stein: I've never seen you so much in love.

Max: [chocking up] I... I thought she was dead.

Countess Stein: What a romantic story.

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[Max has handcuffed Lucia to a long chain attached to the bathroom]

Lucia: Why?

Max: So they can't take you away.

Lucia: Who?

Max: Klaus... Bert, Hans.

[Lucia giggles]

Max: It's nothing to laugh about.

Lucia: And if they come with a file?

Max: Then you fight.

[Lucia continues giggling]

Max: [angrily] DON'T LAUGH!

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Hans: I'm only here to ask you some questions on behalf of myself and the others, and to have a look at you. Look, I could have come at another time to see him too, but, I don't need to speak to him. I don't need to speak to him... in front of you. Useless. With this business of the trial, he's... become too diffident.

Lucia: He's right.

Hans: What do you mean?

Lucia: Because then for the first time he saw you all clearly. Nothing's changed, has it?

Hans: You're wrong. We've all had our trials. Now we are cured and live in peace with ourselves.

Lucia: There's no cure.

Hans: It is you who are ill. Otherwise, you wouldn't be with somebody who made you...

Lucia: That's my affair.

Hans: Very well. But nevertheless, your mind is disturbed. That's why you're here, fishing up the past.

Lucia: Max is more than just the past.

[Lucia crawls under a table]

Hans: Listen. Why don't you go to the police? If you want to, I'll take you. Hm?

Lucia: Dr. Fogler, I remember you so well. You gave a lot of orders.

Hans: Then you can't have forgotten that your Max was an obedient Sturmscharführer. Remember?

Lucia: I don't remember.

Hans: I certainly can't oblige you to remember if you don't want to.

[clears his throat]

Hans: I'm only here to ask you to testify, to find out... if the situation in which you find yourself is of your own choice.

Lucia: I'm all right here.

Hans: Yes. You both want to live in peace, right? One lives in peace... when one is in harmony with one's close friends, when one respects an agreement. Tell Max that. We could have denounced him to the police for the murder of Mario. But we didn't. Max is ill. He mustn't be too far away from us! He's locked you up here. We could go to the police about that, too, no?

Lucia: I'm here of my own free will. This chain is because of you, so none of you can take me away.

Hans: If we wanted to carry you off, would this chain stop us? You poor fool. A chain can be cut. None of us is thinking of violence.

Lucia: Hmm, I know how your, your witnesses end up. Max told me.

[Lucia crawls out from under the table, away from Hans]

Hans: Max doesn't know what he's saying or doing. His mind is disordered.

Lucia: [crawling into the bathroom] Get out. Go away. Go away!

[slams the door]

Hans: If you change your mind, if the chain grows heavy... call me.

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[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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Countess Stein: You were always insane, and you still are.

Max: Sane, insane then... hm. Who's to judge?

[referring to himself and Lucia]

Max: And just you remember... we're both in the same boat.

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[Max and Lucia are laughing while caressing each other]

Max: Ah, no, no. Too fast, too fast. Too long. Too long.

[kisses her]

Lucia: Oh, Max, Max...

Max: [stressful] Tell me, why'd you come? Tell me. Tell me!

Lucia: [screams] I WANT YOU!

Max: Tell me what to do. Tell me where to go. Tell me what to do.

Lucia: No...

Max: Tell me what to do!

Lucia: [laughing] No!

[they continue to kiss and caress each other]

Max: I love you so.

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