The Night Porter (Il Portiere Di Notte)


(out of 5)

Sleazy but oddly enjoyable film that is one of the most memorably controversial European films to be released in the United States.  plays a former Nazi officer now working as a night porter in an Italian hotel, who is surprised to find that one of the residents in his establishment is actually the young woman (the ever alluring ) he once tortured in a concentration camp.  She falls completely apart when she realizes who he is, but then later finds herself strangely drawn to him because the pain he caused her made her feel more alive than the relative comfort she lives in now. Sounds horrendously offensive in description, but the actual playing out of it is curiously romantic and affectionate. Rampling is defiantly sexy, and director Liliana Caviani enjoys finding the human experience within the perversity of the story she is telling. Beautiful cinematography and a lush, haunting score are pluses.

Lotar Film Productions


Directed by

Story by Liliana Cavani, , , Screenplay by Liliana Cavani, , collaboration with Barbara Alberti,

Cinematography by

Produced by 

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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