Arch of Triumph (1948 film)
|Arch of Triumph|
|Directed by||Lewis Milestone|
|Produced by||David Lewis|
|Based on||Arch of Triumph
by Erich Maria Remarque
|Music by||Louis Gruenberg|
|Edited by||Duncan Mansfield|
|Distributed by||United Artists (USA)
|Running time||120 minutes
133 min (restored version)
Arch of Triumph is a 1948 American war romance film starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Charles Laughton. It was directed by Lewis Milestone and is based on the 1945 novel Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque, which he wrote during his nine-year exile in the United States.
Pre-World War II Paris is crowded with illegal refugees, trying to evade deportation. One of them is Dr. Ravic (Charles Boyer), who under a false name practices medicine illegally, helping other refugees. He saves Joan Madou (Ingrid Bergman) from committing suicide after the sudden death of her lover. They become involved, but he is deported and she becomes the mistress of a wealthy man, Alex (Stephen Bekassy). All this time Ravic seeks revenge against the Nazi officer Haake (Charles Laughton), with war eventually declared between France and Germany.
- Ingrid Bergman — Joan Madou
- Charles Boyer — Dr. Ravic
- Charles Laughton — von Haake
- Louis Calhern — Boris Morosov
- Roman Bohnen — Dr. Veber
- J. Edward Bromberg — Hotel manager at the Verdun
- Ruth Nelson — Madame Fessier
- Stephen Bekassy — Alex
- Curt Bois — Tattooed waiter
- Art Smith — Inspector
- Michael Romanoff — Capt. Alidze
Background and production
The film's name is a reference to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where the film is set. The rough cut of the film was four hours long, and in reducing it to two hours several actors were cut. Irwin Shaw spent five months writing the screenplay, but quit when Lewis Milestone wanted him to add a love story. Milestone then rewrote the script himself together with Harry Brown. Ingrid Bergman's salary for the part was $175,000 + 25% of net profits.
The MPAA's head of the Production Code Administration at the time, Joseph Breen, made the film's studio tone down the violence in the script. The scene where Ravic kills Haake also included him stuffing Haake in the car's trunk, stripping him naked, burying him and burning his clothes — this was cut from the film. Breen also objected to the murder going unpunished, but relented.
- HOLLYWOOD DEALS: Prospects Brighten for United Artists -Budget Runs Wild and Other Matters By THOMAS F. BRADYHOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 01 Feb 1948: X5.
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