The Search

The Search

DVD - 2009
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"In post-World War II Germany, a small boy who survivied 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."--Container.


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Apr 28, 2019

Definitely one of my top ten movies of all time. Saw it first on Turner Classic Movies and then would wait and wait and wait until it would be shown again! There were no videos or DVDs and TCM seemed to be the only way to see this movie for the longest time. Incredibly moving, fantastic acting by all. Either the first or second movie Montgomery Clift made. Being filmed in Germany amongst the actual destruction caused by the bombing during WWII gives this movie a realism and authenticity that puts it in the category of not just "good" but "great." A masterwork by all involved.

Oct 12, 2018

Amazing how some one dug this 1948 movie out of the archives. Academy award winner.

Aug 17, 2018

I’m a fan of Montgomery Clift. He seems tense and uncomfortable in his skin. He died too young.
Interesting backdrop of Germany right after the war. What a mess. Nice story about a feral kid that gets better under Montgomery’s tutelage while the kid is looking for his Mum.

Dec 02, 2017

This poignant, unpretentious, honestly-acted film--in which Montgomery Clift makes his appealing debut, and for which Guy Green, a master of b&w photography, won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Cinematography--is among the best films made about post-WWII Europe.

Fred Zinnemann’s choice of shooting much of the film outdoors, amid the rock-rubble made of Nuremberg by Allied bombers, gives the film a documentary look, adding a rib of historical importance to the film.

The casting is superb: the parts given to actors virtually unknown in Hollywood at the time. Both actresses--Aline MacMahon and Jarmila Novotna--give intelligent, moving, non-sentimental performances. The role of the central character--young Karel separated from his mother at Auschwitz at the film's start--is numinously-acted by 9-year-old Ivan Jandl, winning for him a special 1948 Academy Award.

The print is excellent. The sound, too, is good, which is fortunate because the films in the Warner Archive Collection are, shamefully, never provided with sub-titles

Apr 03, 2015

A movie with the typical plot line from the last half of the 1940's that can be labeled as "war victims reuniting", it is better than most made then. Clearly demonstrating how difficult it is to identify and care for especially children under chaotic circumstances, many lessons learned after WWII are applied today by the American NGOs. It does clearly show the results of carpet bombing on formerly beautiful and vibrant cities and their civilian inhabitants.

Jan 27, 2015

Warner Archive Collection re-releases a treasure of a movie in "The Search". Not many movies will move you as much as this one. Truly amazing performances by Montgomery Cliff, Ivan Jandl and Jamila Novota. Director Fred Zinnemans filmed a movie that will be remembered for decades to come. It is so important to remember those who sacrificed so much during and after World War II.

Jan 26, 2015

This is a 1948 Swiss-American film directed by Fred Zinnemann.
It tells the story of a young Auschwitz survivor and his mother who search for each other across post-World War II Europe.
Many of the scenes were shot in the actual ruins of post-war German cities such as Ingolstadt, Nuremberg, and Würzburg.
This near-documentary-style movie vividly captures the horrifying human cost of war.
The performance of Ivan Jandl as a small boy who survived Auschwitz is superb.
It is a sad and terrifying story, but it gives a heart-warming feeling at the end.

Jan 21, 2015

One of Montgomery Clift's best films. "The Search" is one of the best movies also from the Warner Brothers Archive Collection. These are movies that have been out of print for years, but recently with the help of Turner Classic Movies, been re-released. "The Search" was made in post World War II in Germany. The cast is exceptional and your bond to have your heart go out to all the children who survived the Nazi concentration camps. This is an inspiring movie and great the entire family. A Must See Movie!

Jan 20, 2015

After commenting on literally hundreds of movies, I find "The Search" the biggest surprise of any movie I have ever watched. You should know that for years "The Search" was out of print and unavailable. Last year Warner Brother Archive Series re-released the movie. I have slowly been watching them one by one, but there was literally a hundred movies in the series. "The Search" is easily the finest movie in the Warner Brother Archive Collection Release. Most of the other movies in the collection are in the KCLS catalog. Turner Classic Movies also has a listing for them. You can't miss with "The Search". Please don't read the DVD box or the content listing here on the KCLS web site. Enjoy every minute a truly wonderful film!


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