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

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 4 July 1958 (USA)
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
... Elizabeth Kruse Graeber (as Lilo Pulver)
... Immerman
... Hermann Boettcher
... Reuter
... Professor Pohlmann
... Captain Rahe
... Woman Guerrilla
... Oscar Binding
Charles Regnier ... Joseph
... Frau Lieser
Kurt Meisel ... Heini
Agnes Windeck ... Frau Witte
... Sauer
... 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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Jim Hutton's movie debut. See more »

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In the barracks for bombed out soldiers, Keenan Wynn shows the number 3 with the American way of 3 fingers while it should have been the German way with 2 fingers and the thumb. See more »

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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
Performed by uncredited blonde in cabaret scene
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It speaks for those who never had a voice before in WWII films
21 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film complements "The Downfall" in putting a human face on the Germans who fought during WWII and the suffering of the people of Dresden during the allied bombing, but it beat the "Downfall" by 47 years!! The problem is that Sirk is a highly underrated director because he shot mostly "melodramas" in the 1950's America, starring the likes of Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman (who was Ronald Reagan's wife at the time!!), so his German films are not even known in America. This is one of them. It's an important film that speaks for the simple people, the common people of Germany, who also suffered on the German side. And the writing credits are not bad, including Erich Maria Remarque who wrote "All Quiet on the Western Front." This film and "The Downfall" should be seen along with "The Fog of War" in which Robert McNamara, who was Secretary of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and the Vietnam War, confesses that if the Germans and the Japanese had won the war, he and his superiors would have been tried for war crimes for ordering the fire bombing of both Dresden and Tokyo during the war. War is hell and everyone --bar none-- on all sides has committed atrocities. McNamara, at 87, has the courage to admit that: "Sometimes you have to do evil to do good," as he put it. "The victor writes history..." he added. Films like "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" and "The Downfall" add a bit of revisionary touch to the cracks in that history...


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