In post-World War II Germany, a small boy who survived Auschwitz wanders alone - feral, mute and terrified. The Search vividly captures the horrifying human cost of war. This milestone of filmmaking won two 1948 Academy Awards.
Academy Awards 1948 -
Best Motion Picture Story: David Wechsler & Richard Schweizer
Academy Awards 1948 -
Special Achievement Awards: Ivan Jandl
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In post-World War II Germany, a small boy who survived Auschwitz wanders alone - feral, mute and terrified. He finds a makeshift home with a big-hearted GI, while the mother he does not remember searches desperately for him. Starring a then-unknown Montgomery Clift in his movie debut, directed in a near-documentary style by Fred Zinnemann and filmed in the ragged, rubble-strewn skeleton of Nuremberg, The Search vividly captures the horrifying human cost of war. This milestone of filmmaking won two 1948 Academy Awards®: Best Motion Picture Story and a special award to Ivan Jandl for his haunting performance as the lost child.
An American G.I. discovers a nine-year-old boy hiding amid the burned-out rubble in postwar Berlin. While he cares for the boy, the boy's mother desperately searches all displaced person's camps for him. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Director, Best Actor--Montgomery Clift, Best Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Motion Picture Story.
In Montgomery Clift's first released film, he plays Ralph Stevenson, an American G.I., on assignment in Germany directly after World War II. While driving in his jeep, he spots a displaced, starving youngster and entices him to his quarters with food. Stevenson and the boy, Karel, develop a close father-son bond. However, it is discovered that Karel's mother is still alive and looking for him amid the rubble of Europe. Just as Stevenson is getting the papers together to legally adopt Karel and take him back to America, mother and son find each other...
Theatrical Release |
World War II
"The Search" was the second film performance for Montgomery Clift, but the first of his films to reach theaters. The release of his first film, "Red River," shot in 1947, was delayed due to a legal dispute.
The film was co-produced by Praesens-Film in Switzerland; copyright held by Loew's International Corporation 1947.
Partially shot on location in Germany.
Additional cast: Mary Paton (Mrs. Fisher) and William Rogers (Tom Fisher).
Additional credits: Mila Melanova (assistant director), Robert D. Mockler & Eva Landsberg (technical advisors), Therese Bonney (technical advisor/military liaison).
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