1974 ***** 118 mins.

I had wanted to watch this film for quite some time before I ever bought it. When I finally got it and watched it, I had no idea I would love it as much as I did. The Night Porter is a beautifully composed masterpiece whose 1.85:1 widescreen frame is wonderfully utilized. The story is intriguing and the first half of the film perfectly sets up the exposition so that the second half can be sheer brilliance. The setting is 1957 in Vienna, Italy. A former Nazi soldier is working as a night porter in a hotel when he recognizes a woman as she enters with her husband. Through bits and pieces of flashbacks, we find out that she was formerly tortured and loved by the Nazi soldier. They seek to rekindle their off-beat relationship. Meanwhile, other former Nazi soldiers seek to elimiate their former survivors. Wonderfully decadent and brilliant.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated R for strong sexuality, violence, and some nudity.

Dirk Bogarde + Charlotte Rampling + Philippe Leroy + Gabriele Ferzetti

Story by
Barbara Alberti + Liliana Cavani + Amedeo Pagani

Screenplay by
Liliana Cavani + Italo Moscati

Directed by
Liliana Cavani

THE NIGHT PORTER on The Criterion Collection

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