“A classic. A compelling and disturbing testament to the enduring power of evil and the complexity of human nature.” (Four Stars)
On DVD & Blu-Ray 30 Jul 2012
One of the most shocking and controversial movies ever made, this scintillatingly sexy story of forbidden love and the aphrodisiacal effects of decadence and cruelty comes to Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.
Director Liliana Cavani (Ripley’s Game), stars Charlotte Rampling (Malancholia; Never Let Me Go) and Dirk Bogarde (Death In Venice; The Damned) and Oscar winning production designer Dante Ferretti (Hugo; Sweeney Todd; The Aviator).
Vienna, 1957. Max (Dirk Bogarde), a former Nazi concentration camp officer, is now employed as a respectable night porter at one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. Still anguished by the guilt of his actions during the war, he attempts to relieve his conscience by devoting himself to his work while awaiting the upcoming trial of himself and his fellow Nazi officers. But one fateful evening Max’s disturbing past catches up with him in the form of the beautiful and alluring Lucia (Charlotte Rampling). Now the wife of a respected American classical composer, almost 15 years earlier Lucia was a teenage concentration camp inmate and Max’s lover in an aberrant sado-masochistic relationship. Bound by their memories and uncontrollably drawn to each other, Max and Lucia rekindle their bizarre love affair. But their future together becomes threatened by other ghosts from the past…
Despite having long divided critical and public opinion due to its shocking subject matter and imagery (respected critic Roger Ebert famously described it as “as nasty as it is lubricious, a despicable attempt to titillate us by exploiting memories of persecution and suffering. It is – I know how obscene this sounds – Nazi chic.”) “The Night Porter” is a courageous and uncompromising piece of filmmaking that has come to be regarded as a classic of European cinema. Comparable to Visconti’s “The Damned”, Bertolucci’s “The Conformist” and Tinto Brass’ “Salon Kitty”, this is a powerful cinematic experience that, once seen is impossible for forget.
“A superb piece of work anchored by two phenomenal performances from the leads… a film that deserves virtually every bit of acclaim it’s received.” – TWITCH FILM
“’The Night Porter’ is about as good as high drama gets, and any self-respecting cinephile should be making plans to see this if they haven’t already.” – TWITCH FILM
“A psychologically complex and disturbing film, which cannot be dismissed… challenging and repulsive all at the same time.” – DVD VERDICT
“A strange and unforgettable picture that questions deeply the psyches of torturers and the tortured.” – TV GUIDE
“ an unnerving vitality that most American films are incapable of capturing. This movie is for the strong of heart, so be prepared if you choose to view it.” (Four Stars) – DVDFUTURE.COM
“A film one has to venture out of their own comfort zone to watch and understand. Those who like cinema and actually care about what they watch would do well to take a chance on it. Highly recommended.” – SOUND ON SIGHT
Available on DVD only.
• Interview with Director Liliana Cavani
• Interview with Writer Italo Moscati
• Interview with Actress Charlotte Rampling