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The Night Porter (1974)

Il portiere di notte (original title)
After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, a Holocaust survivor and the Nazi officer who tortured her resume their sadomasochistic relationship.

Director:

Liliana Cavani

Writers:

Liliana Cavani (screenplay), Italo Moscati (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Max
Charlotte Rampling ... Lucia
Philippe Leroy ... Klaus
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Hans
Giuseppe Addobbati Giuseppe Addobbati ... Stumm
Isa Miranda ... Countess Stein
Nino Bignamini Nino Bignamini ... Adolph
Marino Masé ... Atherton (as Marino Mase')
Amedeo Amodio Amedeo Amodio ... Bert
Piero Vida Piero Vida ... Day Porter
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Kurt
Manfred Freyberger Manfred Freyberger ... Dobson (as Manfred Freiberger)
Ugo Cardea Ugo Cardea ... Mario
Hilda Gunther Hilda Gunther ... Greta
Nora Ricci ... The Neighbor
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Storyline

Thirteen years after WWII a concentration camp survivor (Rampling) and her tormentor, currently the night porter at a Vienna hotel, meet again and fall back into their sado-masochistic relationship. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The Most Controversial Picture of Our Time!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night Porter See more »

Filming Locations:

Lazio, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lotar Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

The man with the glass spectacle over his eye is usually shown with the spectacle over his left eye -- one time, though, he's wearing the spectacle over his right eye. See more »

Quotes

[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!
[...]
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Soundtracks

Sonata 1950
(uncredited)
Composed by Daniele Paris
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This film explores the mystery of human relationship in extraordinary circumstances
13 May 2002 | by FannygirlSee all my reviews

On the surface, THE NIGHT PORTER will be at a minimum, politically incorrect to some, repugnant and perverse to others. How can one find redeeming virtue in the sado-masochistic affair between a former S.S. Officer and concentration camp survivor who chance to encounter one another after the war and resume their "affair?" But indeed, the power of this film is in that very choice. Charlotte Rampling's postwar concert pianist is beautiful, refined, successful and married. Dirk Bogard's former S.S. officer is resigned to quietly living out his days incognito as a night porter in a hotel, secretly preserving his true identity and trying to avoid detection by authorities. In his servile role as a night porter, it's hard to believe he was ever in a position of power over anyone else. But we see in flashbacks what he became when he did have that power, and it isn't pretty. Yet, as E.M. Forster said, "Only connect." And therein lies the mystery. For no matter how one points a finger at these lovers and declares them to be "sick," they are indeed lovers and their attraction to one another compels them to act in spite of the danger to both of them. I believe this is one of the most intriguing stories of human connectedness you will ever see! If you can get past the impulse to respond like the rest of the pack, you may get a glimpse at the mystery of the human condition.


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