The Night Porter

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

Director: Liliana Cavani
Screenplay: Liliana Cavani & Italo Moscati (based on a story by Liliana Cavani, Barbara Alberti & Amedeo Pagani)
Role: Maximilian Theo Aldorfer

Max, a former officer at a Nazi concentration camp, is unexpectedly reunited with one of its inmates, Lucia (Charlotte Rampling), the object of his obsessive love. The daring performances are powerful and erotically disturbing. Dirk worked on the script with Liliana Cavani to ensure that he would not ‘play a degenerate’, and that the focus was on a love story and not a political polemic. Initially banned in Italy, the film now has cult status.