In Liliana Cavani’s scintillating drama, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her ex-torturer/lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a night porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them. Operatic and disturbing, The Night Porter deftly examines the cruelty and decadence of Nazi culture.
—The Criterion Collection
Born to a working-class family, she graduated in Classics at Bologna University. In 1960 she enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Experimental Cinematography Centre) where she obtained her diploma with the short films “Incontro notturno” (1961) and “L’evento” (1962). On winning a competition with Rai, she directed various interesting documentaries for the Italian TV service, from “Storia del III Reich” (1962-63) to “La donna nella Resistenza” (1965). She made her debut in full-length feature films in 1966 with “Francis of Assisi (Francesco d’Assisi)”, produced by the TV and magnificently interpreted by Lou Castel; made in a period of political unrest, it was to become a kind of manifesto of dissenting Catholicism.
Her next film, “Galileo” (1968), tackled the difficult relationship between intellectuals and power, while the intense “The Cannibals (I cannibali)” (1969) proposes a reflection on the crimes committed by the authorities, taking its inspiration from Sophocles… read more
well, I was bored at the first half of the movie, the film was so slow... But when things started to unfold my attention starts to grow and since it's a love story, in all fairness to it, it did not disappoint me on that matter.. It has some moments that "WOW" me like the Magic Flute thing while showing those brutality and the ending.
In Liliana Cavani’s I cannibali, a young woman and a mysterious foreigner take to illegally disposing of the bodies of executed rebels.