A Time Out of War

A Time Out of War is a 1954 American short war film directed by Denis Sanders and starring Corey Allen and Barry Atwater. In 1955, it won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel) at the 27th Academy Awards,[1] first prize at the Venice Film Festival Live Action Short Film category, and a BAFTA Special Award, among others.[2]

Denis Sanders was in UCLA film school whilst his brother was a UCLA undergraduate. For Denis's thesis, he searched for an American Civil War short story that was in the public domain to adapt into a film.[3] He chose Pickets, an 1897 story by Robert W. Chambers.[4] The film depicts a one-hour truce agreed to by Union and Confederate soldiers who are on opposite sides of a river.[2]

Critic Bosley Crowther called it "a keen and eloquent little picture".[5]

The prestige of the film led Terry to be hired by Charles Laughton as the second unit director of The Night of the Hunter (1955).[6] Both brothers were then hired to write the screenplay for The Naked and the Dead, which led to film careers for both men.[6]

The Academy Film Archive preserved A Time Out of War in 2007[7] and it was added to the National Film Registry.[6]

A Time Out of War
A Time Out of War FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byDenis Sanders
Produced byDenis Sanders
Terry Sanders
StarringCorey Allen
Barry Atwater
Release date
  • 1954
Running time
20 minutes
CountryUnited States



  1. ^ "New York Times: A Time Out of War". NY Times. Retrieved May 20, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "A Time Out of War". American Film Foundation. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 12, 2007. Retrieved October 15, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Crowther, Bosley (August 10, 1955). "Screen: Fernandel, Pere et Cinq Fils; He Plays All 6 in 'The Sheep Has Five Legs'". The New York Times. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "A Tale of Two Brothers" (PDF). Point of View Magazine: 20. Spring 2007. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.

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8th British Academy Film Awards

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Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film

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From 1936 until 1956 there were two separate awards, "Best Short Subject, One-reel" and "Best Short Subject, Two-reel", referring to the running time of the short: a standard reel of film is 1000 feet, or about 11 minutes of run time. A third category "Best Short Subject, color" was used only for 1936 and 1937. From the initiation of short subject awards for 1932 until 1935 the terms were "Best Short Subject, comedy" and "Best Short Subject, novelty".

These categories were merged together starting with the 1957 awards, under the name "Short Subjects, Live Action Subjects", which was used until 1970. For the next three years after that, it was known as "Short Subjects, Live Action Films". The current name for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film was introduced in 1974.

American Film Foundation

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