The Night Porter


The film will certainly whip you into shape.

Praised for tackling transgressive sexuality, damned because director Liliana Cavani set it in a concentration camp, The Night Porter remains controversial.

Set in 1958 but dripping with ’70s seediness, Cavani’s of-its-time film recalls washed-out post-war thrillers like Marathon Man and Nic Roeg’s icy flair.

But as Charlotte Rampling’s Lucia reignites the S&M relationship she had with the ex-SS commandant (Dirk Bogarde) who turns out to be a porter in the Vienna hotel she’s at, the cracks reveal something that’s too close to exploitation for comfort.

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