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A Time to Love and a Time to Die

  • Film

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.
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Release Details

  • Duration:133 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Douglas Sirk
  • Screenwriter:Orin Jannings
  • Cast:
    • 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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