The Night Porter

The Night Porter

Director: Liliana Cavani Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy
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Overview

The Night Porter

Max (Dirk Bogarde) is a discreet, unassuming night porter working in a posh hotel in Vienna in 1957, tending to the guests' needs, from cold water to a bed-warming gigolo. Then Lucia (Charlotte Rampling) arrives at the hotel, on the arm of her husband, an American composer, and Max's past comes flooding back to him. It turns out Max was an S.S. officer at a Nazi concentration camp where Lucia was a beautiful young prisoner. She became, in effect, Max's sexual slave. Now, years later, their reunion shatters both of their lives. Lucia stays in Vienna after her husband travels on, in order to see Max, and they find themselves caught up in a renewal of their former sadomasochistic relationship. Max has an upcoming show trial for his war crimes. His former S.S. comrades have been carefully destroying documents and "filing away" witnesses to clear all their names, and, while Max tries to keep Lucia's existence a secret from them, they eventually find out about her. They consider her a threat, and they urge Max to turn her over to them. He quits his job, and he and Lucia hide out in his apartment, while his former friends keep watch. Liliana Cavani (Ripley's Game) co-wrote and directed this controversial film, Il Portiere di Notte, which she reportedly based partly on her own interviews with a Holocaust survivor.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2014
UPC: 0715515132817
Original Release: 1974
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 2,201

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New interview with director Liliana Cavani; Women of the Resistance, a fifty-minute 1965 documentary by Cavani composed of interviews with female partisans who survived the German invasion of Italy, with an introduction by the filmmaker; PLUS: an essay by scholar Gaetana Marrone, author of The Gaze and the Labyrinth: The Cinema of Liliana Cavani, and an excerpt from a 1975 interview with Cavani

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 Actor
Hilda Gunther Greata
Carlo Mangano Actor
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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