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

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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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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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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This is not actually Douglas Sirk's only war movie. He also directed the Korean War movie Battle Hymn (1957) with 1950s Sirk regular Rock Hudson and the earlier black-and-white World War II films Hitler's Madman (1943) and Mystery Submarine (1950). See more »

Goofs

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

Ernst Graeber: You're more lovely every time I see you. Only this time, you look like the next time.
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Soundtracks

A TIME TO LOVE
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Performed by uncredited blonde in cabaret scene
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Germans were humans too.....
21 February 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

...in this time of generalizations and terminally low attention spans (not to say inexistent historical memory) people who have been the hollywoodesque cartoonish image of all 1930/40s Germans to be goose-stepping-order-barking-black-uniformed-ss-genocidal-murders could have their insight skills sharpened a bit more by this movie directed by Detlef Sierck (his real name). Actually lots of people in the 3rd Reich must have felt like Sierck himself, who obviously loved his fatherland but hated the Nazis and the way they tried to rape and pervert the very idea of the 'german nation' to their twisted ends...and those who were not lucky enough to expatriate like he did would have lived like the protagonists of this drama, suffering through an unwanted war having to witness both the cruelty of the regime AND the devastations from the war that the regime forced upon its people (the political prisoners forced to clear rubble from the air raids is a TELLING scene indeed!). The only thing that upset me a bit was the censorship forced on the filmmaker which in several scenes has to resort to silly 'visual tricks' to 'avoid' showing swastikas (a tube blocking our sight over the Military Police gorget in one of the first scenes, the queer angle at which a NSDAP member crosses our p.o.v. in the restaurant scene so we can't see the front of his armband)....now think a bit...if a catastrophe strikes and leaves this movie the ONLY proof of semi-historical value regarding WW2 the historians of the future will be oblivious of the centrepiece of nazi imagery...how STUPID is that???

Down with censorship I say, either sexual, political, intellectual et al...


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