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Arch of Triumph
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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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As a fan of Ingrid Bergman & Charles Boyer, I had not seen this before on TCM and wonder why not.! This was done more recently by Anthony Hopkins & Lesley Ann Downes. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Janice R
This film is such a classic. I was glad to see that it's still available..Published 2 months ago by Marijke Schutte
Arch of Triumph is not a bad film, but it does not come together well. I can recommend it to those that enjoy films from that era. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rbrogan3
In comparing Olive Films' 2014 transfer of Lewis Milestone's 'Arch of Triumph' (Paramount, 1948) with Lionsgate's 2008 offering, I'm disappointed to report that no real improvement... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brian