Night Train to Venice
|Night Train to Venice|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Carlo U. Quinterio|
|Produced by||Toni Hirtreiter|
|Written by||Toni Hirtreiter
|Music by||Wolfgang Hammerschmid|
|Edited by||Wiktor Grodecki|
|Distributed by||International Video Pictures|
|June 1, 1995 (Wide)|
Night Train to Venice is a 1993 German contemporary Gothic-horror film directed by Carlo U. Quinterio. This international production was a cooperation of British, Italian, and German artists, including Hugh Grant, Malcolm McDowell, Tahnee Welch, Alaïs Adell, Evelyn Opela, Angelina Amaris, Kristina Söderbaum and Rachel Rice (Big Brother 9 winner). It was filmed in 1993 and released worldwide in 1995.
The film has been criticized for the non-linear plot it follows and the obvious references to the Gothic genre. In a radio interview in 2002, Hugh Grant deemed the film the "worst" he has ever been in.
The thriller presents a labyrinthine combination of sexual transgression, darkness and intrigue, bearing a strong similarity to other Gothic texts, including Dracula. The story itself features obscure icons, such as the constant appearance of a woman and child dressed in white, ferocious Rottweilers with a taste for human flesh, Venetians in strange masks and recurring figures of the Commedia dell'arte; all of these elements wrapped in a dream-like atmosphere.
The young Scottish journalist Martin Gimmle (Hugh Grant) is traveling to Venice by train to drop off a copy of his book on European Neo-Nazism to an unknown publisher. On the way there he meets a bevy of odd characters. Among them is The Stranger (Malcolm McDowell), an illusive and evil character, who has mysterious powers over people, and even their dreams. He also encounters Vera (Tahnee Welch), a performer who is travelling with her daughter, and he falls in love with her.
Martin eventually becomes prey to his menacing surroundings, following the trail of Neo-Nazi gangs. Their leader, The Stranger, uses his powers on Martin, causing him the loss of his memory. The only persons who can help him to go back to his former self are Vera and her daughter.
- Hugh Grant ... Martin
- Tahnee Welch ... Vera
- Malcolm McDowell ... Stranger
- Kristina Söderbaum ... Old Woman (Euphemia)
- Rachel Rice ... Pia
- Evelyn Opela ... Tatjana
- Samy Langs ... Pedro
- Murphy McLaren ... Black Friend
- Robinson Reichel ... Skinhead Udo
- Ralph Herforth ... Skinhead Max
- Burkhard Kosminski ... Skinhead Walter (as Burkhart Kosminski)
- Matthias Kosminski ... Skinhead #4
- Renee Kuenzel ... Skinhead #5 (as Renee Künzel)
- David Kehoe ... Conductor
- Roland Astor ... Man in Restroom
- Florian Kowatz ... Kurti
- Angelique Ophelia Adell ... Padrone (as Monni)
- Jürgen Sücker ... Walter 1
- Suzanne Mason ... Vera as a Child
- Christian Dorn
- Night Train to Venice at the Internet Movie Database
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