VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Arch Of Triumph

V' 16

Arch Of Triumph

Lewis Milestone
USA, 1948
133min, OF

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Arch Of Triumph

Lewis Milestone
USA, 1948
, 133min, OF

Cast: 
Charles Boyer
Dr. Ravic
Ingrid Bergman
Joan Madou
Charles Laughton
Haake
Louis Calhern
Screenplay: 
Lewis Milestone
Harry Brown
Camera: 
Russell Metty
Editor: 
Duncan Mansfield
Composer: 
Louis Gruenberg
Decoration: 
William Cameron Menzies
Costume: 
Marion Herwood Keyes

Production: 
Enterprise Productions, Arch of Triumph Inc.
World Sales: 
Park Circus
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White
based on a novel by Erich Maria Remarque

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