Arch of Triumph

1948

Drama / Romance

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IMDb Rating 6.4

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133 min
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Reviewed by kojiattwood 10

More people should know about this wonderful film--reading the book in advance really enhances the experience of it, but one can just enjoy the incredible performances of Bergman and Boyer (not to mention the excellent character roles, particularly Charles Laughton). The use of light/shadow is also extremely well done and atmospheric. It&#39;s high time someone re-releases this movie on DVD (Criterion, perhaps), because it&#39;s another wonderful example of classic film noir, very well executed. <br/><br/>For those not familiar with Remarque&#39;s novel, it&#39;s a must-read--although I warn you, after you&#39;re done you will have an insane urge to try Calvados.

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Reviewed by secondtake 7

Arch of Triumph (1948)<br/><br/>Wow, what a difficult movie to assess, but not a difficult one to enjoy. On the one hand, it is dripping with mood and anxiety. It is about budding love and broken hearts. There is political intrigue and and incipient Nazi invasion. And it&#39;s France, Paris, center of the end of the great century of European art and culture, from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s. <br/><br/>On the other hand, it seems amorphous and vague.<br/><br/>Director Lewis Milestone makes this 1938 Paris gloomier than Sherlock Holmes&#39;s London--the rain, the darkness, the general lack of hope is part of the great drama lurking behind every scene. Charles Boyer is the main character, a refugee of uncertain origin, and the mysterious woman with both rich and poor friends and an equally uncertain origin is played in usual melodrama by Ingrid Bergman. They have no chemistry, for sure, but that just makes their love affair mysterious as well. In fact, the whole movie is about what we don&#39;t know, and can&#39;t know by watching. <br/><br/>This could be frustrating for some viewers, this lack of intention, and frankly lack of clear plot. But if you can just inhabit this world, enjoying a highly polished mise-en-scene (so polished it shows its Hollywood sound stage roots, at times, though darkly, darkly), if you can just soak it up and not worry, all will be well. It&#39;s a beautiful beautiful movie on those terms, photographer Russell Meety is doing that 1940s high contrast photography to perfection. Watch how often he shoots through windows, including the great phone booth shot (repeated ten minutes later) where the accident happens in the background.<br/><br/>The story here is based on a 1945 novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque, and Milestone directed the legendary &quot;All Quiet on the Western Front&quot; two decades earlier, also based on a Remarque novel. In both cases, there is an intensity of humanity against the larger military chaos and cruelty that seems so indifferent to them. The book here was actually published in English first as &quot;The Arch of Triumph,&quot; and was a huge bestseller before going to a German version.<br/><br/>I don&#39;t think it&#39;s an accident that the pre-war angst here is an echo of &quot;Casablanca,&quot; which by now (five years later) was already legendary. Bergman, of course, is carried over (though she had just finished filming &quot;Notorious&quot; for Hitchcock, if you want to follow her career). And Boyer is a better version of Henried (better as an actor). For more colorful secondary characters, you&#39;ll find the incomparable Louis Calhern (with a surprisingly effective accent) and Charles Laughton (whose accent is wobbly). <br/><br/>This was originally a more gut wrenching four hour film, and I think it might have made more logical sense at that length, but I can see it would have been too long by far. Watch what we have and just take it in for what it is. I enjoyed it on that level very very much.

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Reviewed by richard-abrams 9

Pay no attention to high-brow detractors; if you want to see a luminous Ingrid Bergman and a world-weary Charles Boyer at their film noir best, run--do not walk--to your nearest store and buy this film (VHS only, unfortunately).<br/><br/>Do not expect sparks to fly between these war-time lovers--Bergman as a kept woman carried along willy-nilly by forces beyond her control, and Boyer as a physician and resistance member on the run in occupied Paris--their encounters are brief and ill-starred, save only for the deep tenderness that occasionally surfaces, especially at the film&#39;s end.<br/><br/>Casablanca it&#39;s not, but it will disappoint no lover of this genre.

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