The Night Porter [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1974]

  • SKU: 25807068
  • Release Date: 12/09/2014
  • Rating: R
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

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

Synopsis


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. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Dirk Bogarde
    Dirk Bogarde - Max
  • Charlotte Rampling
    Charlotte Rampling - Lucia
  • Philippe Leroy
    Philippe Leroy - Klaus
  • Gabriele Ferzetti
    Gabriele Ferzetti - Hans
  • Isa Miranda
    Isa Miranda - Countess



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Criterion does it again!!!

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    rcossio777
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    Outstanding movie but only for the mature. It has strong content and its a type of movie that is not made anymore in regards to explicit content. Beautifully remastered.. i am a huge criterion fan since they aim for high quality film making!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Long overdue for blu-Ray.

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    Cineman
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    This is an excellent tale of obsession and love that Criterion has honored to include on blu-Ray format. True cinema that hits the psyche in ways that 50 shades never will!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    another fine example...

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    cbono
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    Like virtually all of the product made by Criterion this BD features an excellent film, 1st rate transfers and interesting extra features.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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