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Arch of Triumph

Post by Bruce R on Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:29 pm

Enjoyed the probably too long 1948 drama/romance/war film ARCH OF TRIUMPH starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Charles Laughton and Louis Calhern.

It's set in Paris (what a surprise!), based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque and directed by Lewis Milestone. Cinematography is good.

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. Bergman does a good job of playing a rather annoying high-maintenance female.

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 decides that being the mistress of wealthy Alex (Stephan Bekassy) is better than working. Meanwhile, Ravic seeks revenge against a Nazi officer (Charles Laughton) and war is declared between France and Germany.

Boyer puts in another solid performance and Calhern and Laughton are good in their roles as well.

The picture is a bit longer than IMDb lists (129 minutes) and I think it could use a bit of editing.

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