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Arch of Triumph (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 6 March 1948 (USA)
Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Lewis Milestone (screenplay), Harry Brown (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Bergman ... Joan Madou
Charles Boyer ... Dr. Ravic
Charles Laughton ... Ivon Haake
Louis Calhern ... 'Col.' Boris Morosov
Ruth Warrick ... Kate Bergstroem
Roman Bohnen ... Dr. Veber
J. Edward Bromberg ... Hotel Manager at the Verdun
Ruth Nelson ... Madame Fessier
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Alex
Curt Bois ... Tattooed Waiter
Art Smith ... Inspector
Michael Romanoff ... 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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Trivia

Irwin Shaw spent five months writing a screenplay, but then quit when director Lewis Milestone wanted him to add a love story. Milestone rewrote the script, which was preferred by the studio and Ingrid Bergman. See more »

Quotes

Joan Madou: He wanted to kill me. They always talk about it but they never do.
[laughs]
Joan Madou: You wouldn't want to kill me.
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Connections

Referenced in Ingrid (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Parlami d'amore, Mariu (Tell Me That You Love Me)
(uncredited)
Music by Cesare A. Bixio
Lyrics by Ennio Neri
English lyrics by Al Stillman
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Potential unfulfilled
11 June 2002 | by yeadurSee all my reviews

This could have been a much better movie. Boyer's disenchanted, vengeful refugee doctor is excellent and Bergman's Joan, unable to commit or disengage, could have been a fascinating characterisation. But while individual scenes are very fine, the film, as a whole, is oddly disconnected, suggesting ruthless cutting. The sub-plot involving Laughton's porcine Gestapo bully is perfunctory and we get far too much of Calhern's emigre. Still, the black and white photography is impressive, and I rather went for the doom and gloom!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

6 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Erich Maria Remarque's Arch of Triumph See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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