Liliana Cavani

The Night Porter

The Night Porter

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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
The Night Porter
Cast
Dirk Bogarde
Max
Charlotte Rampling
Lucia
Philippe Leroy
Klaus
Gabriele Ferzetti
Hans
Giuseppe Addobbati
Stumm
Isa Miranda
Countess Stein
Nino Bignamini
Adolph
Marino Masé
Atherton
Amedeo Amodio
Bert
Piero Vida
Day porter
Geoffrey Copleston
Kurt
Manfred Frieberger
Dobson
Nora Ricci
The neighbor
Piero Mazzinghi
Concierge
Hilda Gunther
Greta
Kai S. Seefeld
Jacob
Ugo Cardea
Mario
Credits
Director
Liliana Cavani
Produced by
Robert Gordon Edwards
Produced by
Esa De Simone
Screenplay
Liliana Cavani
Screenplay
Italo Moscati
Director of photography
Alfio Contini
Music
Daniele Paris
Film editing
Franco Arcalli
Art directors
Jean-Marie Simon
Art directors
Nedo Azzini
Costumes
Piero Tosi

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