A Time to Love and a Time to Die

Film, Drama

Time Out says

Under the opening credits of Sirk's penultimate masterpiece, set during World War II and filmed on location in Germany, the camera rests on the branches of a tree, its blossom forced early by the heat of a nearby bomb blast. It is the perfect symbol for the love between John Gavin's German soldier on leave and a barely remembered childhood friend, Lilo Pulver: a love forced by the everyday facts of war. This superb adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's novel rests on a painful symmetry between the scenes at the Russian front and the central section in the half-ruined home town, and on a typically tough-minded acknowledgment of the irony that the doomed romance exists not in spite of the war, but because of it.

By: PT


Release details

133 mins

Cast and crew

Douglas Sirk
Orin Jannings
Don Defore
Klaus Kinski
Dieter Borsche
Thayer David
Lilo Pulver
Dorothea Wieck
Barbara Rutting
Keenan Wynn
John Gavin
Erich Maria Remarque
Jock Mahoney
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