John Gavin and Liselotte Pulver in A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
John Gavin and Liselotte Pulver in A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

A Time to Love and a Time to Die

Douglas Sirk | USA | 1958 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 31 Aug 2022

This heartbreaking adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war novel is Sirk’s most personal film. Dedicated to the memory of the son Sirk left in Germany, it traces the life of a young soldier (John Gavin) sent to the Russian Front and forced to commit atrocities before meeting a girl while on leave. A sense of encroaching death and ruination grants poignancy to the film’s ill-fated love story and detailed portrait of everyday life in Germany during the war. Beautifully shot in ’scope by key Sirk collaborator Russell Metty, it features Remarque and Klaus Kinski in supporting roles.

Format: 35mm
Language: English, German, Russian
Source: Universal Pictures
Courtesy: Universal Pictures
Runtime: 132 mins

Event duration

63 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Best known as the director of a string of lavish Hollywood melodramas made for Universal Pictures in the 1950s, Douglas Sirk’s (1897–1987) feature-film career spanned almost 40 films between 1935 and 1959. He was a successful theatre director in Weimar Germany prior to transferring his passion and critical eye to the silver screen, moving from Nazi Germany to the United States in the late 1930s.

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