Wednesday, August 3, 2016
THE NIGHT PORTER (1974)
Unfortunately, instead of focusing solely on their bizarre sexual relationship, the film detours off into a boring tangent about his Nazi war crime buddies. Nobody cares. That shit's boring. I want to know more about the psychological relationship between this two psychopaths. How old was she when she entered the camp? Did she have these perverse desires before she met this guy? Was she into torturing animals? Was she a virgin? What was his youth like? Did she hurt herself like ol' girl in THE PIANO TEACHER? How did their relationship develop? How were they split up? How did he escape? Why, if she was truly into this sort of perversion, did she end up marrying such a boring guy? Is this an example of Stockholm Syndrome? If so, what's up with the fact that 12 years has gone by and she's still mega horny for this guy?
There's tons of interesting directions this film could have went, but sadly, instead of delving deeper into the connection between these two lost souls, THE NIGHT PORTER simply fizzles out and you spent the last 30 minutes bored out of your mind. Nice photography, strong performances by the two leads, very mild nudity, zero violence.
THE NIGHT PORTER is worth watching, but ultimately it's just an intriguing idea that never even comes close to reaching it's full potential. Somebody with talent should remake it.