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Arch of Triumph  /  A Lady Without Passport

Arch of Triumph
April 7, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with National Telefilm Associates, Inc., and Richard Rosenfeld; funding by AFI/NEA; special thanks to Richard Dayton for his significant contributions in restoring this film.

Arch of Triumph  (1948)

Continuing the narrative of Remarque’s Flotsam, the author’s 1945 novel Arch of Triumph and the film adaptation follows the fate of a refugee (Ingrid Bergman) who tries to commit suicide, but is saved by an exiled doctor (Charles Boyer), practicing medicine illegally and attempting to seek revenge on a Nazi official, living in Paris. Russell Metty’s stylish film noir camerawork captures the city of light in its darkest tones; it is a world in which no one is safe.

35mm, b&w, 133 min.  Director: Lewis Milestone.  United Artists. Producer: David Lewis. Scriptwriter:  Lewis Milestone, Harry Brown, based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Cinematographer: Russell Metty. Cast:  Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Charles Laughton, Ruth Warwick.

A Lady Without Passport  (1950)

Hedy Lamarr plays Marianne Lorress, a Hungarian concentration camp survivor from Buchenwald who is trapped in Cuba, trying to emigrate to the United States, when she becomes involved in a refugee smuggling ring. However, Pete Karczag, an American INS agent, is on their trail. Lewis’ tightly scripted, low-budget film noir was one of the first post-war films to address the issue of so-called “displaced persons,” war refugees and KZ camp survivors unable to return to their now Communist countries of origin.

16mm, b&w, 74 min.  Director: Joseph L. Lewis.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Producer: Samuel Marx.  Screenwriter: Howard Dimsdale, Cyril Hume.  Cinematographer: Paul Vogel.  Cast: Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig.