Arch of Triumph

Synopsis: In winter of 1938, Paris is crowded with refugees from the Nazis, who live in the black shadows of night, trying to evade deportation. One such is Dr. Ravic, who practices medicine illegally and stalks his old Nazi enemy Haake with murder in mind. One rainy night, Ravic meets Joan Madou, a kept woman cast adrift by her lover's sudden death. Against Ravic's better judgement, they become involved in a doomed affair; matters come to a crisis on the day war is declared.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Lewis Milestone
Production: United Artists
120 min

Look, if you're thinking

of taking a swim, don't.

It's the wrong time of year.

The water is too cold.

I hadn't thought of it.

Oh, well, then, I won't be responsible

for putting ideas in your head.


I know a little place around the corner.

You need a drink to warm you up.

Come on.

The bridge will always be here.

What do you want to drink?


Two Calvados and a package

of Chesterfields.

Only French.

Then give me a package

of Laurents... Green.

Only Blue.

All right, Blue.

I may still have one Green left.

Green. Found one after all.

Were you in the Navy?

No, the circus.

Oh, better still.

Here, drink this.

Drink it all at once.

For a moment, it will give you the illusion

that you are living in a hot, dry country.

Which way are you going?

I don't know.

Where do you live?

I can't go there, not there.

Don't you know anyone

to whom you can go?

You could call them up from here.


No, there is nobody.

But you must go somewhere.

Haven't you any money for a room?

Yes, yes, I have.

Then go to a hotel.

Look, you've got to go somewhere.

You can't stay

in the streets in this rain.

Yes, you're right.

You're quite right.

Don't trouble about me anymore.

I'll find a place.

Thank you for everything.

All right.

Come with me.

We'll find something for you.

Thank you.

This room was empty yesterday.

Madame Favier must have locked it

for fear the bedbugs will get away.

Sit down a moment.

I'll try from the balcony side.

It's no use.

The window is locked, too.

May I sit here for a moment?

You can sleep here.

That's the easiest thing.

You should have

left me on the street.

You won't disturb me.

It's not the first time

someone has stayed here all night

because he had nowhere else to go.

This is a hotel for refugees,

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Lewis Milestone

Lewis Milestone (born Leib Milstein; September 30, 1895 – September 25, 1980) was a Russian-born American motion picture director. He is known for directing Two Arabian Knights (1927) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), both of which received Academy Awards for Best Director. He also directed The Front Page (1931 – nomination), The General Died at Dawn (1936), Of Mice and Men (1939), Ocean's 11 (1960), and received the directing credit for Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), though Marlon Brando largely appropriated his responsibilities during its production. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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