The Night Porter
Directed by Liliana Cavani
Running time: 118 minutes
Italian director Liliana Cavani's best know film, The Night Porter (1974), stars Charlotte Rampling as concentration camp survivor Lucia Atherton and Dirk Bogarde as Maximilian Theo Aldorfer, the SS guard who was both her ex-torturer and lover. Years later in 1957, the couple meet again by chance in a Vienna hotel where Aldorfer is working as a night porter. They helplessly resume their sadomasochistic relationship but Aldorfer's former SS comrades, who have begun to stalk them, have another plan. A disturbing film,The Night Porter frankly examines the cruelty and decadence of Nazi culture and its widespread abuse of power. Deeply controversial at the time of its release and slammed by US critics such as Pauline Kael it was, nonetheless, uniformly hailed in Europe for its courageous dealing of sexual transgression and the political continuity between Nazism and post-War Europe. Sensationalist and morally complex,The Night Porter's core subject, however, is the inability of its central characters to escape the compulsive repetition of their World War II past.
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