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Mon 30 Mar 2015, 6:30pm–8:45pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • New Premier 12 Month Membership: $160.00
  • Returning/Concession 12 Month Membership: $140.00
  • 3 Film Sampler: $30.00
  • Special: New Membership - 2 Friends Joining at the same session: $140.00
  • Special: 3 Film Sampler purchase before 1 April 2015: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: AuckFilmSoc

A Time to Love and a Time to Die
Director - Douglas Sirk USA · 1958 - 132 mins · HD (2.35:1) - PG (adult themes)
Screenplay: Orin Jannings, based on the novel A Time to Live and a Time to Die by Erich Maria Remarque
Starring: John Gavin (Ernst Gräber), Lilo Pulver

Director Douglas Sirk’s penultimate Hollywood film, an adaptation of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque (All Quiet on the Western Front), might be one of his lesser-known later pictures. Nevertheless, it remains one of his most affecting, moving masterworks. John Gavin, a German foot soldier on an all-too-brief leave from the Eastern Front during WWII, returns to his hometown to find it a bombed-out shell. But he comes across unexpected tenderness amongst the ruins in the form of grown childhood friend, Liselotte Pulver.

A classic evocation of the fleeting quality of a fragile, precious love soon to be immolated in a barbaric world consumed by flames. Legendary writer Remarque himself appears in a supporting role as Professor Pohlmann and Don Defore and Keenan Wynn are Gavin’s hapless comrades. Co-starring underrated performers Jock Mahoney and John Van Dreelen in prime supporting roles; and keep your eyes peeled for Klaus Kinski in one of his rare appearances in a 1950’s Hollywood film.

“A masterpiece of mise-en-scène… a haunting story of the search for beauty in a dead world… happiness hovers just beyond reach in Sirk's metaphysically charged CinemaScope images. A stunning triumph of form of the sort only possible in Hollywood." —Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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