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Liliana Cavani's controversial erotic drama The Night Porter, starring Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and German soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials on this release. As always, Criterion has done a fine job with this DVD, but it does not contain enough material to appeal to anyone ...
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Dirk Bogarde; Charlotte Rampling; Philippe Leroy; Gabriele Ferzetti; Isa Miranda 2000 DVD New. Run time: 115 mins. Language: English.

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Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti, Isa Miranda March 28, 2000 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 115 mins. Aspect ratio: ... 1.85: 1. Originally released: 1974. Read more Show Less

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Liliana Cavani's controversial erotic drama The Night Porter, starring Charlotte Rampling and Dirk Bogarde, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and German soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials on this release. As always, Criterion has done a fine job with this DVD, but it does not contain enough material to appeal to anyone other than the film's enthusiasts.
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Special Features

New widescreen digital transfer; English subtitles; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Damned in the United States yet praised in European quarters, Liliana Cavani's visceral psychosexual thriller invited controversy by focusing on the twisted bond between a Nazi and his former prisoner/lover. Max Dirk Bogarde and Lucia Charlotte Rampling cross paths once again in a Vienna hotel c. 1958, and reconsummate a depraved affair. Inevitably, some took the movie to task for what they saw as exploitative, crass and lubricious; many detractors excoriated it for trivializing the Holocaust. Historical veracity doesn't seem to be on Cavani's agenda, however. She constructs a deliberately unreal phantasmorgia onscreen, where Nazi regalia and imagery become not echoes of the literal past, but connotative symbols of sadomasochism per se, often presented in a dreamlike context - as in an oneiric and violence-free glimpse of a Nazi carnival torture ride for Jewish girls. Indeed, the movie feels most impressive given how successfully it cross-sections s&m as a conceptual phenomenon, severed from a historical framework. The film gradually becomes a dark immersion into the psyches of two individuals who enjoy giving and receiving pain, and an orchestra of sadomasochistic nuance. Nowhere is this more evident than in the picture's final act. Trapped by their pursuers in a barren apartment, the torturer and his victim/accomplice gradually starve themselves to death, clinging psychologically and physically to one other and growing wan and emaciated; at one point, Lucia walks barefoot over broken glass, lacerating the soles of her feet -- an act that single-handedly reveals her need and desire for self-abuse. Cavani has, in a few brilliant strokes, stripped away the sex and reduced her two diseased lovers to the core of pathological need. She is bolstered throughout by radical, courageous performances from Bogarde and Rampling, who she doubtless cast given their shared involvement in Visconti's Nazi-themed masterpiece The Damned five years earlier. Though the movie is as difficult to watch as one may expect from its premise, it is also brilliantly conceived and executed, and - in its own bizarre way - effective enough to merit serious reappraisal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • UPC: 037429145227
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 0
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dirk Bogarde Max
Charlotte Rampling Lucia
Philippe Leroy Klaus
Gabriele Ferzetti Hans, Voglet
Isa Miranda Countess
Amedeo Amodio Bert
Nino Bignamini Adolph
Marino Masé Atherton
Piero Vida Day Porter
Geoffrey Copleston Kurt
Nora Ricci The Neighbor
Giuseppe Addobbati Stumm
Ugo Cardea Mario
Manfred Freiberger Dobson
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Hilda Gunther Greata
Carlo Mangano
Piero Mazzinghi Conceierge
Kai S. Seefeld Jacob
Technical Credits
Liliana Cavani Director, Screenwriter
Barbara Alberti Original Story
Franco Arcalli Editor
Nedo Azzini Art Director
Alfio Contini Cinematographer
Esa DeSimone Producer
Robert Gordon Edwards Producer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Italo Moscati Screenwriter
Amedeo Pagani Original Story
Daniele Paris Score Composer
Jean-Marie Simon Art Director
Piero Tosi Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:15]
2. Fried Food and Mouthwash [2:31]
3. Lucia's Arrival [2:27]
4. Mineral Water, Very Cold [2:29]
5. "You seem strange" [3:41]
6. "Do you recognize anybody?" [2:44]
7. Dancing for Max [6:00]
8. Disaster of the First Violinist [2:00]
9. Mario's Restaurant [3:07]
10. The Magic Flute [6:01]
11. The Morning After [3:27]
12. Shopping [3:31]
13. The Church Mouse [7:18]
14. Calling Frankfurt [10:53]
15. The Funeral [1:23]
16. Lucia Checks Out [7:22]
17. "It's a story from the Bible" [9:55]
18. Broken Glass [3:59]
19. "I'm here of my own free will" [5:25]
20. Noises in the Night [2:57]
21. A Game for Freaks [2:06]
22. Max Quits His Job [3:27]
23. Desperate Measures [5:19]
24. Strawberry Marmalade [3:51]
25. "Send me a box of chocolates" [5:00]
26. Blackout [5:00]
27. A Morning Stroll/Closing Credits [3:01]
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