Tribute: Kenneth Lonergan

Arch Of Triumph

Lewis Milestone
USA 1948
133min
V'16

Paris 1938, city of last resort for the stateless, including a surgeon (Boyer) whose obsession with a Nazi sadist (Laughton) leaves him vulnerable to deportation and ill-prepared for romance with Ingrid Bergman. The original remarque novel is too hefty to fit into two hours screentime, and if Milestone chooses to focus on the tale of the doctor’s revenge and his doomed romance, he also breathes life into an assembly of supporting roles: concierge, café proprietor, a general reduced to nightclub doorman, none of whom is played for comic relief. Bergman seems out of place as an Italian/romanian good-time girl, but russell Metty gives harsh light and inky shadow to seedy hotel rooms we’ll see again in TOUCh OF EVIL ten years on. (David Overbey)

In the presence of Kenneth Lonergan

Credits
  • Louis Calhern
  • Charles Boyer - Dr. Ravic
  • Ingrid Bergman - Joan Madou
  • Charles Laughton - Haake
  • Harry Brown
  • Lewis Milestone
  • Russell Metty
  • Duncan Mansfield
  • Louis Gruenberg
  • William Cameron Menzies
  • Marion Herwood Keyes
Enterprise Productions, Arch of Triumph Inc.

Park Circus

Jupiter-Film
35 mm
bw
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