in about 100 words or less
Italy 118m, Colour
Director: Liliana Cavani; Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti, Isa Miranda
Linked with the sexploitation genre for its portrayal of a sadomasochistic relationship between a former Nazi official and a concentration camp survivor, The Night Porter is a highly divisive film that explores issues of victimization, guilt and mental illness. It also delves into the disturbing psyche of post-war Nazis who attempt to rationalize their atrocities. Visually striking and unavoidably controversial, The Night Porter puts viewers into an uneasy place which challenges concepts of morality, and questions constructions of memory and the reconciliation of history (Klaus Ming January 2015).