Rent The Night Porter (1974)

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1h 53min
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Synopsis:
Max (Dirk Bogarde) is a night porter in a Vienna hotel in the 1950's. When beautiful Lucia (Charlotte Rampling) checks in, they recognise each other from a terrible past; Max was an SS officer in a concentration camp who had abused and tortured her, then a teenage prisoner. Lucia is travelling with her orchestra conductor husband, but when he leaves to continue his tour, Lucia stays behind as she and Max find themselves compelled to renew their former, intense, sadomasochistic relationship. Max is a reluctant member of a group of former SS who are ruthlessly covering up their pasts. They soon consider Lucia a threat and urge Max to hand her over.
He refuses and hides out with Lucia, while his former comrades exert their threats. This is the story of an obsessive passion which compels two lovers to be together despite their lucid awareness of contravening all - even their own - morality, and the certainty of their tragic destiny. Liliana Cavani's tale of passion beyond all morality or societal construct provokes overwhelming and wildly conflicting emotions.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , Amedeo Amodio, , , , , Hilda Gunther, , , Kai-Siegfried Seefeld, , Carlo Mangano
Directors:
Producers:
Paola Tallarigo, Robert Gordon Edwards
Writers:
Liliana Cavani, Italo Moscati, Barbara Alberti, Amedeo Pagani
Aka:
Il portiere di notte
Studio:
Anchor Bay
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/09/2006
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with director Liliana Cavani
  • Interview with the film's author
  • Interview with actress Charlotte Rampling
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/11/2020
Run Time:
119 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interview with Charlotte Rampling
  • Interview with Liliana Cavani

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Reviews (2) of The Night Porter

Not a typical film about the Holocaust... - The Night Porter review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
05/10/2006

I thought this was a great film - controversial and shocking but well-acted and I was engrossed till the end. The director, Liliana Cavani, had interviewed for a TV programme two women who survived the Dachau concentration camp. This inspired her to make The Night Porter - and the film explores the enduring psychological damage of Nazism even after the end of the war.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Dark Obsession - The Night Porter review by MW

Spoiler Alert
05/05/2016

This is a dark exploration of two twisted minds brutalised by war. Charlotte Rampling, with her hooded eyes and ice-calm presence, is the beautiful victim who after the war turns the tables on her Nazi torturer in a strange act of sadomasochistic revenge. Dirk Bogarde, as in several of his films, is perfect at mixing quiet menace with sexual vulnerability. It's a perplexing story of loathing and desire but eminently watchable.

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