On another level it deals with the psychological condition known as. He goes to see a former Nazi collaborator, Mario, who knows Lucia is still alive; Max murders him to protect his secret. Max seeks help by phoning one of his old hotel friends, who refuses, and imploring his neighbor, but she is prevented from providing aid by Adolph, the youth who had spied on Max earlier. Folger, who wants Lucia to testify against Max in the mock trial—though he harbors more ambiguous long-term intentions toward her—visits and informs her that Max is ill. The film also raises the issue of sleeper Nazi cells and their control.
She's the wife of an American conductor, and he's the quiet little night porter. Directed and co-written by , the film stars and , and features and. I see it as a shallow exploitation of that theme, containing no real insight or understanding. The Rampling character, alas, is the last surviving witness against Bogarde and so the Nazis want to kill her. The Countess tells him that he is insane; Max replies that they are both 'in the same boat'. He suggests that Lucia must also be ill to allow herself to be in this position, but Lucia sends him away, claiming to be with Max of her own.
Max parks his car on a bridge, where he and Lucia walk along the sidewalk as dawn breaks. In July 2018, it was selected to be screened in the Venice Classics section at the. There's no reason at all why the couple can't be killed straightaway except that then, of course, the movie would be over. The Night Porter is widely considered to be a film and a. Because she could testify against him, Lucia's existence is a threat to Max. Max refuses to go through with the trial, calling it 'a farce', and admits that he works as a night porter due to his sense of shame in daytime.
That may be an aspect of the times or it may just be that such movies reach areas of the personality that weren't widely admitted before; she's not sure. Now they meet again in a Vienna hotel. The audience laughs, most often. Its themes of sexual and obsession have made the film controversial since its initial release, with critics being divided over the film's. During , Maximilian Theo Aldorfer, a former officer who had posed as a doctor to take sensational photographs in , and Lucia Atherton, a survivor, had an ambiguous relationship. May 2017 The film depicts the political continuity between wartime Nazism and post-war Europe and the psychological continuity of characters locked into compulsive repetition of the past. Advertisement Fascism and its favorite sexual taste, sadomasochism, have come into a certain degree of fashion in the movies recently, and that's the subject of a scary essay by Susan Sontag in the last issue of The New York Review of Books.
Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. Two ring out, and the doomed lovers fall dead. He returns to Lucia, telling her that the police questioned him and others at the hotel about her disappearance, and that no suspicion fell on him. The director, , describes her film as a love story, praises the honesty between her two leading characters, and sees the story as a straightforward handling of one aspect of the concentration camp experience. Even worse, the movie is now being marketed as a controversial audience-grabber. Eventually, Max quits his job, devoting all of his time to Lucia. After Lucia's husband leaves town on business, Max and Lucia renew their past lovemaking in Max's.
Max retreats again to the apartment, where Lucia is almost unconscious from. Max has an upcoming at the hands of the group for his. The group's leader, Hans Folger, accuses Max of wanting to live 'hidden away like a church mouse'. It's been years since most movie violence was motivated, explained or even taken seriously by the characters themselves. In most of the violent exploitation movies I see, the killings and hurtings are just there, a way to get through a few minutes of screen time.
They lay siege to the apartment, and the lovers slowly starve together. It is I know how obscene this sounds Nazi chic. Please by the claims made and adding. But now here's a movie that's not intended for the action-and-escapism crowd, a movie presumably intended for more intelligent and venturesome audiences, who don't laugh at it although maybe it would be better if they did. Advertisement Meanwhile, there's a subplot so ridiculous it must be intended as fantasy. Max is interviewed by the police about Mario's murder. She stays behind when her husband leaves, then moves into his apartment and the fun and games start again: Chains and broken glass and slaps on the face are their aphrodisiacs, and they make love mostly on the floor.
Max wishes to remain hidden, but he voices support for the group's activities. Running time 118 minutes Country Italy United States Language English The Night Porter Italian: Il portiere di notte is a 1974 Italian film. I still believe that, but I'm getting awfully weary of the violence I have to witness week after week as a critic. Lucia, now married to an American orchestra conductor, meets Max again by chance. Max barricades the door to the apartment, and he and Lucia begin. For a long time I've defended the belief that what we see in the movies doesn't direct our behavior, if we're more or less normal; that there are infinitely greater influences all around us in society to explain deviant and violent behavior, and that the movies are just a convenient whipping boy.