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Arch of Triumph
     

Arch of Triumph

Director: Lewis Milestone

Cast: Stephen Bekassy, Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman

 

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Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, Arch of Triumph is a complicated war romance directed by Lewis Milestone. Dr. Ravic (Charles Boyer) is a refugee physician practicing medicine illegally in Paris under a false name. He saves Joan Madou (Ingrid Bergman) from committing suicide after the sudden death of her lover. He gets her a job singing at the

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Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, Arch of Triumph is a complicated war romance directed by Lewis Milestone. Dr. Ravic (Charles Boyer) is a refugee physician practicing medicine illegally in Paris under a false name. He saves Joan Madou (Ingrid Bergman) from committing suicide after the sudden death of her lover. He gets her a job singing at the nightclub where his only friend, Boris Morosov (Louis Calhern), is the doorman. Joan falls in love with Ravic, but he is deported and she finds herself the mistress of wealthy Alex (Stephan Bekassy). Meanwhile, Ravic seeks revenge against a Nazi officer (Charles Laughton) and war is declared between France and Germany.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Without its stars, Arch of Triumph would be a terribly dull reduction of Erich Maria Remarque's complex novel into a standard Hollywood soap opera. Truth to tell, it's the kind of novel that is very hard to bring to the screen, for it features a very large cast of characters with many different, though interconnected, storylines. This density and volume are crucial to the novel's success, but trying to translate that accurately to the screen would result in a six-hour movie. So the makers of Arch did what seems the only practical thing -- concentrated on the main storyline and included only a handful of the extraneous characters. But reducing the story to its bare essentials removes the poetry and richness, leaving a plot that is perhaps of some interest but which is presented in fairly bold strokes, while making the characters into stock figures we've come across many times before. Fortunately, Charles Boyer is in very fine form as the doctor who must sacrifice love for his higher mission, and he deserves credit for keeping Arch alive. As his would-be paramour, Ingrid Bergman is a bit off her form; she's as luminous as ever and certainly as skillful, but she doesn't seem to quite connect with the character on a gut level. Charles Laughton is very far off the mark as the Nazi villain, but Louis Calhern is aces as the doorman who was once a proud Russian soldier. Lewis Milestone's direction is adequate, but much more is needed. However, he does get a grand assist from the beautiful chiaroscuro cinematography of Russell Metty.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2014
UPC:
0887090080903
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
2:13:00
Sales rank:
23,802

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Bekassy Alex
Charles Boyer Dr. Ravic
Ingrid Bergman Joan Madou
Roman Bohnen Dr. Veber
Curt Bois Tattooed Waiter
Charles Laughton Haake
Louis Calhern Morosow
J. Edward Bromberg Hotel Manager
Michael Romanoff Alidze
Hazel Brooks Sybil
Ruth Warrick Kate Hergstroem
William Conrad Official
Franco Corsaro Novarro
Byron Foulger Policeman
Jay Gilpin Refugee Boy
Alvin Hammer Milan Porter
Ilia Khmara Russian Singer
John Laurenz Col. Gomez
Leon Lenoir Capt. Spanish
Andre Marsaudon Roulette Croupier
Ruth Nelson Madame Fessler
Nino Pipitone General's Aide
Art Smith Inspector
Peter Virgo Polansky

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Harry Brown Screenwriter
Mario Castegnaro Editor
Louis Gruenberg Score Composer
David Lewis Producer
Duncan Mansfield Editor
William Cameron Menzies Production Designer
Russell Metty Cinematographer

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