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|
|Jun 1, 1995 (Wide)|
Night Train to Venice is a 1996 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).
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 who have 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 story revolves around the young journalist Martin Gimmle (Hugh Grant) who is traveling to Venice by train to drop off a copy of his book on European Neo-Nazism. 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 dreams. He also encounters Vera (Tahnee Welch), a performer who is travelling with her daughter, and he falls in love with her. He eventually becomes prey to his mysterious surroundings, following the trail of Neo-Nazi gangs and their leader, The Stranger uses his powers, causing Martin the loss of his memory. The only persons who can help him now are Vera and her daughter.
- Night Train to Venice at the Internet Movie Database
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- Night Train to Venice at AllMovie
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