The Night Porter Film Still

The Night Porter

Liliana Cavani

 
The Night Porter (Criterion Blu-Ray)

9 Dec 2014

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Italy
  • 1974
  • 118 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #59

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 stalk them. Operatic and disturbing, The Night Porter deftly examines the lasting social and psychological effects of the Nazi regime.

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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

Film Essays

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The Night Porter: Power, Spectacle, and Desire

By Gaetana Marrone December 09, 2014

Liliana Cavani’s tale of the sadomasochistic bond between an ex-SS officer and a former concentration camp prisoner is a transgressive take on history and fascism. Read more »


Film Essays

The Night Porter

By Annette Insdorf January 10, 2000

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 . . . Read more »

Interviews


Film Essays

84_056_t_thumbnail

The Night Porter: Power, Spectacle, and Desire

By Gaetana Marrone December 09, 2014

Liliana Cavani’s tale of the sadomasochistic bond between an ex-SS officer and a former concentration camp prisoner is a transgressive take on history and fascism. Read more »


Film Essays

The Night Porter

By Annette Insdorf January 10, 2000

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 . . . Read more »