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The Night Porter (1974)

Il portiere di notte (original title)
R | | Drama | 1 October 1974 (USA)
After a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, Holocaust survivor Lucia and Nazi officer Max, 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 ... 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 World War II, concentration camp survivor Lucia (Charlotte Rampling) and her tormentor Max (Sir Dirk Bogarde), 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Most Controversial Picture of Our Time!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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 »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 Sir Dirk Bogarde in Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969). See more »

Goofs

In the flashback with the ballet dancer, dancing in a kind of gym, there is a shot with a poster of Himmler against a pillar. There are also 2 guards standing on the right. A bit later the same angle and the poster is gone and the guards have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Madonna: Justify My Love (1990) See more »

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Portiere di notte
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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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