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Arch of Triumph

1985

In Paris, before the Nazis penetrate into the city, an Austrian refugee doctor (Anthony Hopkins) falls in love with a mysterious woman (Lesley-Anne Down). - IMDB Description



Arch of Triumph is a 1985 British made-for-television film by Harlech Television. It is based on the novel Arch of Triumph (novel) by Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front. The novel was previously adapted in 1948 for a Arch of Triumph (1948 film) with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.
It was directed by Waris Hussein and produced by Mort Abrahamson, Peter Graham Scott and John Newland. The adaptation was by Charles E. Israel, the music score by Georges Delerue and the cinematography by Bob Edwards.
The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Lesley-Anne Down and Donald Pleasence with Frank Finlay, Joyce Blair and Richard Pasco.
In the film, Joan Madou (Lesley-Anne Down) sings "J'attendrai".

Plot

Ravic (Anthony Hopkins), is an Austrian doctor who helped Jews escape from the Nazism. He was tortured in a concentration camp. In 1939 he is living in Paris, under a false name and without any documents, constantly aware of the risk of being arrested. At night, on one of Paris bridges over the Seine, Ravic meets Joan Madou (Lesley-Anne Down), a woman about to (possibly) attempt suicide, and helps her. This is the start of a romance. But the prickly Ravic has unfinished business with the Nazis, and he is separated from Joan after being discovered as ugee without papers. With no communications possible between them, they each try to manage under difficult circumstances and, when they finally met up again after six months of unexplained absence, there are shadows hanging over their relationship. They cautiously try to mend their broken affair as international events spin out of control around them.


Category:1984 films
Category:British films
Category:British television films
Category:English-language films
Category:Films based on German novels
Category:Films based on works by Erich Maria Remarque
Category:Films set in Paris
Category:Films set in 1939
Category:Films set in 1940
Category:World War II films

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