Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter)
Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter) (1974)

The psychology of a sadomasochistic relationship between a former Nazi storm trooper and the concentration camp prisoner he loved provides the basis of this provocative, at times sexually and violently graphic drama. The story is set in the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A strange, brooding tale.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

The movie's visual virtues are negated by infinite absurdities -- particularly by the sentimentality with which the director views this luckless couple.

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David Keyes

Morbidly fascinating work, choreographed from within a vacuum devoid of feeling and retribution, and spearheaded by a director who must find some sadistic pleasure in being such an exacting provocateur.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

With a little application and imagination I suppose one might read themes of political and philosophical import into this work, but Cavani's style remains stupidly literal and gaga.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Night Porter is as nasty as it is lubricious, a despicable attempt to titillate us by exploiting memories of persecution and suffering.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Not rich in plausability of plot or character development, but tonally interesting in places.

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Time Out

Somewhere along the way, the film's handling of serious themes, and its attempts to examine the Nazi legacy in terms of repression and guilt, both sexual and political, get lost amid all the self-conscious decadence.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

At its best, the film layers Lucia's and Maximilian's flashbacks in such a way that that the lines between memory, fantasy, and nightmare get blurred.

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Douglas Pratt

People can read artistic significance into anything and lots of people have read gobs of it into this, but it is a silly movie with lots of perverse sex and no redeeming values, artistic or otherwise.

Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
If I assembled a list of my favorite sadomasochistic Nazi co-dependency films made prior to 1975 that featured topless dancers is SS uniforms, this would… More
Daniel Dolgin
There's a lot wrong with The Night Porter it's a sickening film, and not because of what it shows, but the inexplicable exploitation of the holocaust.… More
Stefanie C
perversely sweet. i think it is of interest that an italian director chose 1950s Vienna as a setting for the re-enactment of a sado-masochistic affair from… More
Eric Broome
For a movie about a kinky romance between an ex-Nazi and his former prisoner, "The Night Porter" is bewilderingly dull. A full 50 minutes pass before… More