A couple of months ago P. wrote a beautiful post about the film “A Clockwork Orange”, and how this movie has influenced fashion and style in general (https://threeinacrowd.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/like-clockwork-exploring-an-inspiration). It made me think of another movie that I haven’t seen yet, but is always named as a source of inspiration by different artists: The Night Porter (1974).
The reason I haven’t seen it yet is it’s controversial theme: the sadomasochistic relationship between a concentration camp survivor and a former nazi officer. I’m not sure if the movie is made just to shock, like so many movies from the 70’s, or that there’s some integrity in it. I guess I have to watch it myself to judge that.
Charlotte Rampling plays Lucia Atherton and Dirk Bogarde plays Maximilian Theo Aldorfer, the former Nazi. Thirteen years after the ending of the second World War they meet in a hotel in Vienna, where Aldorfer works as a night porter and this is the start of their disturbing relationship.
German and English movie posters with Charlotte Rampling as Lucia.
Charlotte Rampling as a style icon in Russh Magazine.
Fashion photography referring to The Night Porter:
Vogue Italia, July 2009
German Vogue, August 2008
Kiera Knightley in Interview Magazine, January 2008
Left: Diane Kruger in the October 2009 issue of Interview magazine. Right: Vivienne Westwood eyewear ad campaign Fall-Winter 2008-2009.
Not only fashion images are influenced by the movie, but also plenty of music video’s. Some examples:
Lady Gaga – Love Game (2009)
Duran Duran – The Chauffeur (1982?)
This video was inspired by the movie and also by the photography of Helmut Newton. The instrumental end piece of the song was accompanied by a topless girl performing a sensuous dance, cleary a homage to Charlotte’s topless “Dance of the Seven Veils” act in The Night Porter.
Marilyn Manson – The Fight Song (2000)
The former mr. Von Teese has based his image on the movie by using the “cut-copy-paste”-technique.