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Old 18-11-2012, 09:23 PM   #343
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Maximilian Theo Aldorfer, a former Nazi SS officer, and Lucia Atherton, a concentration camp survivor who had an ambiguous relationship. Flashbacks show Max tormenting Lucia, but also acting as her protector. In an iconic scene, Lucia sings a Marlene Dietrich song "Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte" to the concentration camp guards while wearing pieces of an SS uniform, and Max "rewards" her with the severed head of a male inmate who had been bullying the other inmates, a reference to Salome...Thirteen years after World War II, Lucia meets Aldorfer again; he is now the night porter at a Vienna hotel. There, they fall back into their sadomasochistic relationship...The film depicts the political continuity between wartime Nazism and post-war Europe and the psychological continuity of characters locked into compulsive repetition of the past. On another level it deals with the psychological condition known as Stockholm Syndrome...

Salome in Hebrew is שלומית and is derived from the root word ŠLM (שלם), meaning "peace". Christian traditions depict her as an icon of dangerous female seductiveness, notably in regard to the dance mentioned in the New Testament, which is thought to have had an erotic element to it, and in some later transformations it has further been iconized as the dance of the seven veils. Other elements of Christian tradition concentrate on her lighthearted and cold foolishness that, according to the gospels, led to John the Baptist's death...This Salome is not considered to be the same person as Salome the disciple...Wilde's Salome has often been made into a film, notably a 1923 silent film..

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