Because of my sickness this past week, I sadly had to miss what was one of my most anticipated episodes of The Criterion Cast. Mainly because this film is the epitome of controversy. A love story like no other (unless you look into the darker canals of Nazisploitation), The Night Porter shows a Nazi SS officer (played by Dick Bogarde) and a concentration camp prisoner (played by the stunning Charlotte Rampling) and their relationship together, in flashback mode and in present day. It’s dark as can be, yet still doesn’t necessarily exploit anybody like future films of this ilk would. Which is why I’m sad I couldn’t wax poetically about this one. I like Cavani’s film but feel bad that this is the one she’s most famous for and that some people hate it just because of the initial topic on display here.