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Arch of Triumph (1948)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  March 1948 (USA)
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Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris.

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Joan Madou
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Dr. Ravic
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Ivon Haake
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'Col.' Boris Morosov
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Kate Bergstroem
Roman Bohnen ...
Dr. Veber
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Hotel Manager at the Verdun
Ruth Nelson ...
Madame Fessier
Stephen Bekassy ...
Alex
Curt Bois ...
Tattooed Waiter
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Capt. Alidze
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Storyline

In winter of 1938, Paris is crowded with refugees from the Nazis, who live in the black shadows of night, trying to evade deportation. One such is Dr. Ravic, who practices medicine illegally and stalks his old Nazi enemy Haake with murder in mind. One rainy night, Ravic meets Joan Madou, a kept woman cast adrift by her lover's sudden death. Against Ravic's better judgement, they become involved in a doomed affair; matters come to a crisis on the day war is declared. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of an outcast and a killer!

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Erich Maria Remarque's Arch of Triumph  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,400,000 (USA)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Michael Chekhov was originally cast in the role of Ivon Haake, but had to leave when he became ill. The script was rewritten to beef up that part for his replacement, Charles Laughton. See more »

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Potentially great
18 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not sure about this one. There's much to like; the atmosphere, the camera work, the lighting and shadows, the closeups, the acting. But something's missing, perhaps continuity, or the impression that it all somehow fits together. Taken as a series of vignettes this film is very good. Combine the vignettes to tell a subset of the original story and it could be even better. But put it all together and it succumbs under the sheer weight of all the subplots.

And yet, despite my criticism, I am pleased to have seen it. As I said there's much to like, especially the acting. Louis Calhern is always a joy and here he lends a nuanced gravitas to his part. Charles Boyer is better than usual playing a tormented refugee torn between love and revenge. Charles Laughton is the pivot about which the story revolves and without him his one dimensional character would have been but a caricature. There's even a memorable cameo by an uncredited William Conrad. His scene is no more than a minute or so but it's not one you're likely to overlook or forget. But the best reason to watch it is of course Ingrid Bergman. Her effortless ability to switch personalities simply draws you in to her performance. Here she plays an insecure wreck, an incredibly seductive, infuriatingly deceitful and mostly terrified woman. Her character's choices are not perhaps entirely honorable but with Bergman who cares...


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