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Arch of Triumph (Blu-ray & DVD) [Restored Version] [1948] [Region] [Import]

Ingrid Bergman , Charles Boyer , Lewis Milestone    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Louis Calhern, Ruth Warrick
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone
  • Producers: Arch of Triumph (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray), Arch of Triumph
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Swedish
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 135.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00841UJ4O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,246 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Sweden released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: On the eve of World War 2 in 1939, Dr. Revic (Charles Boyer) is living as a German refugee physician practicing in Paris without permit. Revic is haunted by the memory of the torture doled out on him by Nazi Officer Haake (Charles Laughton) and believes he sees the man on the night streets of Paris. One night as he is walking Revic meets a young suicidal woman Joan Madou (Ingrid Bergman), upset because he lover has suddenly died. Ravic gets Joan a job singing in a night club where his best friend Morosow (Louis Calhern) is the door man. Joan falls in love with Revic but the good doctor is deported and Joan becomes the mistress of Alex (Stephan Bekassy) an occupation that leads to her dissipation. When Revic returns Joan tries to reconnect with him but the spell has been broken and Revic is too much of a realist, a manner tempered by his exposure to war and his duties as a doctor. As the Germans march into Paris Joan and Alex clash in a life-altering lovers argument, Morosow is taken from his apartment and arrested, and Revic faces deportation again with severe life lessons. ...Arch of Triumph (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Charles Laughton and Ingrid Bergman 9 Jun 2014
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You would have thought that reuniting Ingrid Bergman with Charles Boyer after 'Gaslight' would make an engaging film, but this offering does disappoint. Even Charles Laughton's performance doesn't save this film. Bergman is still beautiful and watchable, but good performances don't necessarily make a good film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Critically underrated in it's day 23 July 2013
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Intriguing and absorbing film for any fans of Boyer, Bergman and Charles Laughton, although not admired by critics at the time of release. Maybe cinema patrons wanted to move on into more frivolous subjects, after the war years.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
United Artists presents "ARCH OF TRIUMPH" (1948) (125 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Louis Calhern & Stephan Bekassy

Directed by Lewis Milestone

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. 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 she finds herself the mistress of wealthy Alex (Stephan Bekassy). Meanwhile, Ravic seeks revenge against a Nazi officer (Charles Laughton) and war is declared between France and Germany.

This is a serious film made at the time of immense human suffering right after the 2nd WWar and shows the very serious attitudes of the people then. This is a film for people who value well made movies from a bygone age that had great actors and directors. The book is tougher than the movie, it was written by one of the 20th centuries great authors Erich Maria Remarque.

1. Lewis Milestone [Director]
Date of Birth: 30 September 1895 - Kishinev, Russian Empire [now Chisinau, Moldova]
Date of Death: 25 September 1980 - Los Angeles, California

2. Ingrid Bergman
Date of Birth: 29 August 1915 - Stockholm, Sweden
Date of Death: 29 August 1982 - Chelsea, London, England, UK

3. Charles Boyer
Date of Birth: 28 August 1899 - Figeac, Lot, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Date of Death: 26 August 1978 - Phoenix, Arizona

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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arch of Triumph 1 Jan 2010
By Steve M
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Interesting depiction of Paris at the outbreak of war but not a great work of art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Bless your eyes" 28 Nov 2007
By meg - Published on
Erich Maria Remarque wrote characters worldly enough to attract directors as sophisticated as G.W. Pabst, André De Toth, Douglas Sirk and James Whale to their stories. Here we are in the hands of Lewis Milestone, who earlier adapted Remarque's classic "All Quiet on the Western Front" into an Oscar-winning Hollywood triumph.

"Arch of Triumph" drops us into a refugee underworld in 1938 Paris. Europe is on the brink of another war, and people fleeing the fascists are evading deportation, internment, or worse. Charles Boyer plays a torture survivor, a German surgeon practicing medicine on the black market, an illegal alien one step away from being sent back to the Nazis who tortured his lover to death. His life is reduced to basic survival and an ambition for revenge upon the Gestapo officer (Charles Laughton) who prowls Paris looking for information on resistance networks.

Late one rainy night, Boyer's doctor performs a reluctant act of kindness, and rescues Ingrid Bergman from self-destruction. Beyond mere distress, she is a "damsel in disgrace," a kept woman cast suddenly adrift. Inevitably, Boyer's aloofness from humankind cannot withstand the fascination of a Bergman photographed in elegant chiaroscuro by Russell Metty. Given the complexity of the times, the very real impending danger and doom, and their own battered psyches, these lovers cannot be anything but star-crossed.

I was wholly and pleasurably immersed in this dark melodrama. I am a late-awakening fan of Boyer's grownup allure, and this may be the most imperfect character I've seen Bergman play. Picture the party girl at the beginning of "Notorious." Now imagine that true love does not turn her recklessness into strength and bravery. This demimondaine is weak, frightened and needy, and while it is completely understandable and beautifully played, she may be jarring to some classic movie fans and Bergman aficionados.

Fans of old Hollywood should keep an eye peeled for Mike Romanoff in a small role as a restaurateur (perfect!), and young William Conrad as a gimlet-eyed French detective. I can't imagine anybody refusing to enjoy Louis Calhern as a colonel exiled by the Russian revolution.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Flotsam 28 Oct 2008
By Randy Buck - Published on
ARCH OF TRIUMPH has generated a faithful following in the years since its initial failed release, and with good reason. Director Lewis Milestone's film of Erich Maria Remarque's novel, FLOTSAM, didn't achieve the success of his earlier Remarque adaptation, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT; the downbeat subject matter, coupled with the offbeat casting of Bergman in the kind of role her fans couldn't accept, doomed the project. But this picture boasts many strengths, starting with Milestone's intelligent screenplay. The usual Hollywood euphemisms for promiscuous heroines fail to prevent Bergman from creating an unusually frank, complex portrait of female sexuality, deeper and more moving than many of her performances from this period. She's matched by Boyer, whose cynicism breaks in the film's last scene, to shattering effect. Kudos, too, to Louis Calhern and Charles Laughton in incisive work in supporting roles, Russell Metty's striking black-and-white photography, and William Cameron Menzies' production design. Despite the carping of other reviewers here, the quality of the dvd is fine, certainly easily watchable; I'm not of the opinion that we should ignore classic films altogether until some studio springs for a perfect restoration. The UCLA restoration work here's given us an ARCH that clocks in at its original release time of 131 minutes (not 123, as the dvd's box states). Until the happy day more archival material's found and made available, fans of the actors, director, or films of this period shouldn't hesitate. A surprisingly moving viewing experience.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Poor Quality Film to DVD Transfer 17 Oct 2008
By ed - Published on
It's surprising that this film comes from the UCLA film archives and this DVD is NOT a restored version. In fact the print it came from was dirty and not well transferred. You see white and black spots all over the place, in one point you see a hair that got stuck in the projector thats just hovering on an area until it dislodged. You occasionally see streak lines going through the whole frame during segments. Also I noticed some flickering (picture jumping up and down) inherent to poor film projector alignment. The source film that must have been used for transferring this to digital (DVD) looks like reels that were played many times in theaters and also there are many signs of splicing as there are some abrupt cuts.
I have seen better quality of this film shown on cable where TCM plays it often. The film was shot with very high contrast(very common in European films of the day to use exaggerated contrast levels) very black blacks and very bright whites, (US made films of the time tended more towards a grey smoother low to medium contrast) and I must say that the digital resolution is very good on this DVD as far as there not being digital grain or pixelation in the dark blacks, which is a very good plus for this DVD. The contrast balance is well preserved here!
You dont see any of the digital artifacting that one might find with poor transfers - but you have all the dust and dirt and scratches from the unrestored film source to bear with. It's like playing a record lp that was not protected - and has scratches and cracks and pops similar to the transfer of this DVD. This movie is what I would consider a classic Great and should get the full treatment to preserve and restore and make available to the consumer the best possible quality - which in this case they did not do.
If you dont mind the dust dirt scratches and other imperfections, overall this is a great movie and DVD and worth having.
Otherwise Catch it on cable or wait for a possible re-release that might come restored - although I have doubts we will see a new release or a restored version for a very long time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Glorious Black And White! 13 Nov 2009
By Edwin F. Gonzalez - Published on
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This is a dark and moody film noir from Hollywood's Golden Age of Cinema, and even though it wasn't the big hit the studio expected, it has gained cult status from almost the moment it was released. And lot of it has to do with the great acting and chemistry between Ingrid Bergman, who's been one of my favorite actresses since I was a kid and Charles Boyer. Flawless performance by Ms. Bergman and Mr. Boyer, and kudos also to Charles Laughton and Louis Calhern who almost steals the show from Miss Bergman and Mr. Boyer.

I remember buying the VHS tape way back in 1983 and even though the quality was awful it was better than nothing, however, the transfer to DVD has considerably improved the picture as well as the sound quality of the film. All in all, and wonderful, dark, moody, cinematic experience.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim and wonderful 16 Nov 2008
By C. Shepko - Published on
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This movie is very much of a time--that being the German occupation of Paris during World War II. It's the story of two people, each of whom has a Past--with a capital "P." There's a strong sense of world weariness along with a strong desire to survive and avenge. Ingrid Bergman, as always, is magnificent, and Charles Boyer, as always, is a dream. I give it five stars because it's an all-time favorite of mine, not because it's what the AFI--or anyone else--would call a great movie.
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