A Time to Love and a Time to Die

  • Dir: Douglas Sirk

  • USA, 1958, 132minmins, DCP

  • Cast: John Gavin, Liselotte Pulver, Jock Mahoney

Sirk lost his son on the Eastern Front, and he uses this vividly nightmarish war film – shot in CinemaScope by Russell Metty – to take us on a dark journey to the end of the night, as a soldier on his furlough visits his hometown at the height of the Second World War, and falls in love amidst the horrors and absurdities of life in war-torn Nazi Germany. Erich Maria Remarque adapted his own novel and plays a key character, while Miklós Rózsa wrote the score. “”I am going to write a madly enthusiastic review of Douglas Sirk’s latest film,”” wrote Godard, “”simply because it set my cheeks afire.”” A young Klaus Kinski appears in a small role.

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In-theatre Screening

  • 2021-05-08 (Sat)
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