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The Night Porter Review


Very Good
Freaky look at post-WWII Nazis living in hiding, plus one concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) reliving the horrors of the past. When she and her tormentor (Dirk Bogarde) -- now the night porter at a Vienna hotel -- re-encounter one another, they relaunch their sado-masochistic freakshow of a relationship. Of course, Bogarde's pals want "the witness" gotten rid of. More disquieting than gruesome, The Night Porter launched a series of similar films that got progressively more and more explicit. Still, there are a few to many soliloquies and odd non-sequiturs (solo male ballet, anyone?) here, serving to pad the film. Still, groundbreaking might not be the right word but it's certainly the right sentiment.

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Ripley's Game Review


Very Good
Did this movie ever come out theatrically? I would have at least thought it would have found its way here on video, but no, I discovered Ripley's Game on IFC, of all places. This follow-up to The Talented Mr. Ripley (no cast or crew involved, but it's based on another Patricia Highsmith book (the third of five) about Tom Ripley) stars John Malkovich in the role of the older Ripley, this time working as a forged art dealer and relatively callous, spare-time murderer. Ripley convinces a dying man (Dougray Scott) to commit a murder for him, after which all hell breaks loose. Malkovich steals the show and director Liliana Cavani (The Night Porter) does a perfectly serviceable job. See also The American Friend -- Malkovich makes a way better Ripley than Dennis Hopper.
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