Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling in Liliana Cavani's "The Night Porter."
"I felt that we'd made this extraordinary love story, which in a sense it is. A very bizarre love story, but it is a love story. 'Cause these two are doomed to be together and to die together after the experience that they've had. But obviously the political content, and historical content, and religious content and all that was just too much for people.
"And the way, perhaps, it was filmed in this -- people said that it was a sort of ghastly camp manifestation of a horror. But then again the naiveté that I talk about is also quite useful, because there is an innocence, I think, that I've somehow kept throughout my life around a lot of the work that I do, which also keeps it fresh and it keeps it sometimes almost childlike. Like making believe that something can happen and making believe that we can change things, and making believe that we can win people over in a certain way."