In 1957, lucia recognises max, the night porter in a vienna hotel, as the nazi officer who became her lover and protector when she was in a concentration camp she is drawn back into a semi-sadomasochist relationship while the kinkier scenes of this once-controversial liliana cavani. The night porter is as nasty as it is lubricious, a despicable attempt to titillate us by exploiting memories of persecution and suffering the director, liliana cavani, describes her film as a love story, praises the honesty between her two leading characters, and sees the story as a straightforward handling. For cinephiles of a certain age, just hearing or reading the title of liliana cavani's 1974 film the night porter conjures up a specific image: charlotte in his one- star review, roger ebert called it “as nasty as it is lubricious, a despicable attempt to titillate us by exploiting memories of persecution and. It took me a few days to decide if i actually liked this film what was once considered x-rated and controversial now seems rather tame: we see more explicit sexuality on tv but it's the emotional brutality, the breaking of the human psyche that should spark reaction, not the overt erotica the night porter ( liliana cavani,. With a little application and imagination i suppose one might read themes of political and philosophical import into this work, but cavani's style remains super reviewer ½ for a movie about a kinky romance between an ex-nazi and his former prisoner, the night porter is bewilderingly dull a full 50. Dvd review: the night porter the criterion collection directed by liliana cavani starring charlotte rampling and dirk bogarde review by shane m dallmann. Reviewed by glenn erickson liliana cavani's the night porter (il portiere di notte, 1974) picked up a reputation as a grim, kinky sex film it didn't kick off the nazista exploitation film craze but was accepted as the high end of that subgenre, along with lina wertmüller's pasquelino settebelletze the story. From monthly film bulletin, november 1974, vol 41, no 490 — jr portiere di notte, il (the night porter) italy, 1973 director: liliana cavani cert—x dist— avco-embassy pc—lotar film a robert gordon edwards/esa de dimone production a joseph e levine presentation for ital noleggio.
One of the most controversial and hotly-debated films of the 1970s, liliana cavani's acclaimed drama the night porter is a dark and disturbing love story dipped in decadence “utterly riveting a deeply disturbing exploration of powerful taboos, it's also a grand, almost baroque romance so tragically warped as to be. What happens when former ss officer dirk bogarde and concentration camp inmate charlotte rampling meet years after the war and pick up their sadomasochistic sexual relationship more or less where they left off not quite the examination of the nazi legacy in political and allegorical terms that director liliana cavani. The night porter, 1974, directed by liliana cavani, screenplay by liliana cavani, story by barbara alberti, liliana cavani, italo moscati, and amedeo pagani if you like this kind of long-form review of a movie, you should do yourself a favor and check out the essays jim shepard has been writing for the. Released to anticipated controversy in 1974, liliana cavani's the night porter still continues to provoke and disturb cavani's film certainly pushes for the extreme in the emotional exploits of fascism its uncomfortable balance of unthinkable sadism and loving tenderness pushes the narrative in areas.
In this unsettling drama from italian filmmaker liliana cavani, a concentration camp survivor (charlotte rampling) discovers her former torturer and lover (dirk bogarde) working as a porter at a hotel in postwar vienna when the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former ss comrades begin to. This was italian director liliana cavani's first english-language feature, and bogarde and rampling were english-language stars in order to recoup, the night porter would need to be provocative cavani delivered on that score european critics are said to have taken the movie's sociopolitical context. The night porter (1974) movie review by film critic murtaza ali khan rating: 75/ 10.
In this unsettling drama from italian filmmaker liliana cavani, a concentration camp survivor (charlotte rampling) discovers her former torturer and l italy, director cavani's (the night porter) film is an unflinching look the collapse of italian society under the us occupation and the desperate measures required for survival. The night porter, however, liliana cavani's 1974 melodrama, firmly straddles this demarcation between the sacred and profane the night porter is a provocation, a fever dream of a movie about holocaust survivor lucia (charlotte rampling) who runs into the ss officer (dirk bogarde) with whom she had a. In this unsettling drama from italian filmmaker liliana cavani, a concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar vienna when the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former ss comrades begin to stalk them operatic and disturbing. Amazoncom: the night porter (the criterion collection): charlotte rampling, dirk bogarde, philippe leroy, gabriele ferzetti, liliana cavani: movies & tv criterion's dvd offers the film in its best available condition, and the color has been restored to enhance its symbolic significance read reviews that mention.
Directed by liliana cavani with dirk bogarde, charlotte rampling, philippe leroy, gabriele ferzetti after a chance meeting at a hotel in 1957, a holocaust survivor and the nazi officer who tortured her resume their sadomasochistic relationship.
The night porter is a provocative and problematic film made in 1974 by italian director liliana cavani, it can be seen as an exercise in perversion and exploitation of the holocaust for the sake of sensationalism on the other hand, a closer reading of this english-language psychological thriller suggests a. Out now on criterion blu-ray and dvd: night-porter. The night porter is a very controversial 1974 film by italian director liliana cavani, starring dirk bogarde and charlotte rampling the film is set in.