Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter) Reviews

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July 22, 2019
The Night Porter is unsatisfactory and remarkably uneven. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 10, 2014
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.
August 1, 2013
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.
July 16, 2008
Not rich in plausability of plot or character development, but tonally interesting in places.
July 16, 2008
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.
July 16, 2008
A strange and unforgettable picture that questions deeply the psyches of torturers and the tortured.
July 16, 2008
A strange, brooding tale.
July 16, 2008
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.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
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.
October 10, 2005
June 19, 2005
May 9, 2005
The movie's visual virtues are negated by infinite absurdities -- particularly by the sentimentality with which the director views this luckless couple.
November 12, 2004
October 23, 2004
The Night Porter is as nasty as it is lubricious, a despicable attempt to titillate us by exploiting memories of persecution and suffering.
April 16, 2004
March 1, 2004
It retains a certain importance -- as much for understanding the history of film as for its intrinsic merits.
February 21, 2004
October 28, 2003
Groundbreaking might not be the right word, but it's certainly the right sentiment.
October 9, 2003
A estranha relao entre o casal de protagonistas transforma o filme em uma experincia nada agradvel - o que no quer dizer que ele no merea ser admirado como belo estudo de personagens e por revelar sombras assustadoras da natureza humana.
May 24, 2003
A compelling and disturbing testament to the enduring power of evil and the complexity of human nature.
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