The Night Porter

The Night Porter

 

With dark and disturbing themes and a morally ambiguous ending, The Night Porter has continued to divide audiences. Lucia Atherton (Rampling) is a concentration camp survivor who had an ambiguous relationship with Nazi SS officer Maximilian Theo Aldorfer (Dirk Bogarde), who tormented but protected her. In an iconic scene, Lucia sings a Marlene Dietrich song to the concentration camp guards while wearing pieces of an SS uniform, Max "rewards" her with the severed head of a male inmate who had been bullying the other inmates. Thirteen years after WWII, Lucia meets Aldorfer again; he is now the night porter at a Viennese hotel. There, they fall back into their sadomasochistic relationship.

The Night Porter

  • Director: Liliana Cavani
  • Year: 1974
  • Run Time: 118 mins
  • Format: 4K
  • Country: Italy
  • Rating: R