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Arch of Triumph (1948)

Ingrid Bergman , Charles Boyer , Lewis Milestone  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Louis Calhern, Ruth Warrick
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone
  • Writers: Lewis Milestone, Erich Maria Remarque, Harry Brown, Irwin Shaw
  • Producers: Charles Einfeld, David L. Loew, David Lewis
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001DE29TM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arch of Triumph" on IMDb

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Set in pre-WWII Paris, the film stars Charles Boyer as Dr. Ravic, a brilliant German surgeon who has fled to Paris to escape the growing power of the Nazis. There he meets Joan Madou (Ingrid Bergman), a depressed, unemployed cabaret singer. Ravic finds her a job and they fall in love. Suddenly, after being unable to produce his passport, he's deported. When he's finally able to return to Paris, matters come to a crisis.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Bless your eyes" November 27, 2007
By meg
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Erich Maria Remarque wrote characters worldly enough to attract directors as sophisticated as G.W. Pabst, André De Toth, Douglas Sirk and James Whale to their stories. Here we are in the hands of Lewis Milestone, who earlier adapted Remarque's classic "All Quiet on the Western Front" into an Oscar-winning Hollywood triumph.

"Arch of Triumph" drops us into a refugee underworld in 1938 Paris. Europe is on the brink of another war, and people fleeing the fascists are evading deportation, internment, or worse. Charles Boyer plays a torture survivor, a German surgeon practicing medicine on the black market, an illegal alien one step away from being sent back to the Nazis who tortured his lover to death. His life is reduced to basic survival and an ambition for revenge upon the Gestapo officer (Charles Laughton) who prowls Paris looking for information on resistance networks.

Late one rainy night, Boyer's doctor performs a reluctant act of kindness, and rescues Ingrid Bergman from self-destruction. Beyond mere distress, she is a "damsel in disgrace," a kept woman cast suddenly adrift. Inevitably, Boyer's aloofness from humankind cannot withstand the fascination of a Bergman photographed in elegant chiaroscuro by Russell Metty. Given the complexity of the times, the very real impending danger and doom, and their own battered psyches, these lovers cannot be anything but star-crossed.

I was wholly and pleasurably immersed in this dark melodrama. I am a late-awakening fan of Boyer's grownup allure, and this may be the most imperfect character I've seen Bergman play. Picture the party girl at the beginning of "Notorious." Now imagine that true love does not turn her recklessness into strength and bravery.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Flotsam October 28, 2008
ARCH OF TRIUMPH has generated a faithful following in the years since its initial failed release, and with good reason. Director Lewis Milestone's film of Erich Maria Remarque's novel, FLOTSAM, didn't achieve the success of his earlier Remarque adaptation, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT; the downbeat subject matter, coupled with the offbeat casting of Bergman in the kind of role her fans couldn't accept, doomed the project. But this picture boasts many strengths, starting with Milestone's intelligent screenplay. The usual Hollywood euphemisms for promiscuous heroines fail to prevent Bergman from creating an unusually frank, complex portrait of female sexuality, deeper and more moving than many of her performances from this period. She's matched by Boyer, whose cynicism breaks in the film's last scene, to shattering effect. Kudos, too, to Louis Calhern and Charles Laughton in incisive work in supporting roles, Russell Metty's striking black-and-white photography, and William Cameron Menzies' production design. Despite the carping of other reviewers here, the quality of the dvd is fine, certainly easily watchable; I'm not of the opinion that we should ignore classic films altogether until some studio springs for a perfect restoration. The UCLA restoration work here's given us an ARCH that clocks in at its original release time of 131 minutes (not 123, as the dvd's box states). Until the happy day more archival material's found and made available, fans of the actors, director, or films of this period shouldn't hesitate. A surprisingly moving viewing experience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Poor Quality Film to DVD Transfer October 16, 2008
By ed
It's surprising that this film comes from the UCLA film archives and this DVD is NOT a restored version. In fact the print it came from was dirty and not well transferred. You see white and black spots all over the place, in one point you see a hair that got stuck in the projector thats just hovering on an area until it dislodged. You occasionally see streak lines going through the whole frame during segments. Also I noticed some flickering (picture jumping up and down) inherent to poor film projector alignment. The source film that must have been used for transferring this to digital (DVD) looks like reels that were played many times in theaters and also there are many signs of splicing as there are some abrupt cuts.
I have seen better quality of this film shown on cable where TCM plays it often. The film was shot with very high contrast(very common in European films of the day to use exaggerated contrast levels) very black blacks and very bright whites, (US made films of the time tended more towards a grey smoother low to medium contrast) and I must say that the digital resolution is very good on this DVD as far as there not being digital grain or pixelation in the dark blacks, which is a very good plus for this DVD. The contrast balance is well preserved here!
You dont see any of the digital artifacting that one might find with poor transfers - but you have all the dust and dirt and scratches from the unrestored film source to bear with. It's like playing a record lp that was not protected - and has scratches and cracks and pops similar to the transfer of this DVD. This movie is what I would consider a classic Great and should get the full treatment to preserve and restore and make available to the consumer the best possible quality - which in this case they did not do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boyer's Triumph
This a beautifully directed film, exquisitely lit and quite compelling. But it is Charles Boyer who puts the triumph in "Arch Of Triumph. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GHD
1.0 out of 5 stars You loved 'em in "Gaslight" but you won't love 'em here
A mess. One example (among many): early in their relationship, Boyer tells Bergman she can't stay at his hotel (The International) because it's a place for stateless refugees... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rootlesscosmo
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
so, so
Published 2 months ago by frank latko
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful old film
Classic Ingrid Bergman. Love the black & white. Beautiful to watch. Very happy to find this great, old classic on Amazon Prime.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars thematically adrift, but it has its moments
This movie got lost along the way, though it is shot quite beautifully much of the time. If you like black and white films, it may be worth it to you, but it's disjointed and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Crane
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Old Fashioned Drama
Although it may not be easy to watch for young viewers, this movie, is a true gem. It is the last of great films made by Milestone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Theofanis Strouboulis
5.0 out of 5 stars Boyer & Bergman Sparkle!
I never forget how wonderful an actress Bergman was. However, I forget how great Boyer was until I see him in movies like this. It's a great story, with brilliant acting. Read more
Published 17 months ago by tkgates
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Classic Starring 2 of the Greatest Actors of All Time
Atmospherically evocative of the tense looming period immediately prior to the outbreak of WW II Paris, it focuses on refugees on the run from the rising Hitler threat to life and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Poet and Scholar
4.0 out of 5 stars Ingrid Bergman in Erich Maria Remarque's book
Overall, this movie isn't too bad, it's very similar to the book and I love Ingrid Bergman! Charles Boyer is also enjoyable...
Published on July 20, 2011 by Erika
3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd-Rate
A movie with stars like these - what could go wrong? It has superlative film noir photography, that's for certain. Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by Philos
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