The Night Porter
The Night Porter (Italian: Il portiere di notte) is a 1974 Italian erotic psychological drama film. Directed and co-written by Liliana Cavani, the film stars Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling, and features Philippe Leroy and Gabriele Ferzetti. Its themes of sexual and sadomasochistic obsession have made the film controversial since its initial release, dividing critics over its artistic value.
The film is set in 1957. During World War II, Maximilian Theo Aldorfer, a former Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who had posed as a doctor to take sensational photographs in concentration camps, and Lucia Atherton, a Holocaust survivor, had an ambiguous sadomasochistic relationship. Flashbacks show Max tormenting Lucia, but also acting as her protector.
|author||Italo Moscati Liliana Cavani|
|events||The Holocaust World War II|
|keywords||act apartment build bully claim concentration camp doomed love flashback follow free will grocery store gunshot hide holocaust holocaust survivor hotel hotel porter little girl malnutrition marlene dietrich married mock trial nazi nazi collaborator nazism negligee orchestra conductor past love porter ration sadomasochism sadomasochistic salome schutzstaffel severed head ss officer war crimes|
|producer||Esa De Simone Robert Gordon Edwards|
|productionCompany||Joseph E. Levine|
|theme||erotic thriller lgbt-related narrative psychological drama|