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A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)

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On the Russian front in 1944 German Private Ernst Graeber receives a leave and visits his family in Germany but Germany isn't the same country he left behind.

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Ernst Graeber
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Elizabeth Kruse Graeber (as Lilo Pulver)
Jock Mahoney ...
Immerman
Don DeFore ...
Hermann Boettcher
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Reuter
Erich Maria Remarque ...
Dieter Borsche ...
Captain Rahe
Barbara Rütting ...
Woman Guerrilla
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Oscar Binding
Charles Regnier ...
Joseph
Dorothea Wieck ...
Frau Lieser
Kurt Meisel ...
Heini
Agnes Windeck ...
Frau Witte
Clancy Cooper ...
Sauer
John Van Dreelen ...
Political Officer
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Storyline

In 1944, a company of German soldiers on the Russian front are numbed by the horrors and hardships of war when Private Ernst Graeber's long awaited furlough comes through. Back home in Germany, he finds his home bombed. While hopelessly searching for his parents, he meets lovely Elizabeth Kruse, daughter of a political prisoner; together they try to wrest sanity and survival from a world full of hatred. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The great love story of World War II by the author of "All Quiet on the Western Front" See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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15 September 1958 (Sweden)  »

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Will o' the Wisp  »

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According to the Australian DVD sleeve notes, they state that Douglas Sirk's "standing amongst the new auteurist critics in Europe was on the rise, with Jean-Luc Godard writing on Sirk's 1957 film, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, in the influential journal 'Cahiers du Cinema'." See more »

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Early in the movie when the platoon is dismissed, one of the soldiers is seen carrying a machine gun on his shoulder. It is clearly visible that there is no barrel inside the barrel shroud. See more »

Quotes

Professor Pohlmann: Without doubt, there would be no need for faith.
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A TIME TO LOVE
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Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
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Douglas Sirk's Epic WWII Romance
30 June 2005 | by (Foster City, CA) – See all my reviews

Melodrama maestro, Douglas Sirk, ditches the Technicolor gaudiness of his 1950s weepies for romance set against the grim backdrop of death and destruction with "A Time To Love And A Time To Die". Yes, many of Sirk's familiar touches are here. But this is not a carbon copy of his hit soap operas. This film is affecting, if overly-long, with two surprisingly good leads in the impossibly handsome John Gavin and the lovely Lilo Pulver. Sirk does gloss up the devastation of war a bit; however, Sirk does allow this movie to have its share of shockingly frank and disturbing moments.

John Gavin plays German soldier, Ernst, who returns to his hometown on furlough. What he finds are the tattered remains of his home and goes on a search for his missing parents. During his frantic search, Gavin meets a childhood acquaintance. Among the air raids, bombings and sheer terror, they develop a romance and marry. Knowing that their time together will be short, they milk every moment for what it's worth before inevitable tragedy destroys their romance.

Gavin who was cast more frequently for his good looks than his acting chops actually makes a passable lead this time, although his playing a German is a little bit of a stretch. While this is not Douglas Sirk at his finest, it is an interesting project that capitalizes on the popularity of war films while also allowing Sirk to immerse himself in a topic that comes straight from his own past.


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