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The plot concerns a 9 year old boy, who has amnesia, and his relationship with an American soldier, and there is a secondary plot of his mother, who is looking for him. It is sentimental, but escapes being contrived or cloying, and I find myself repeatedly moved to tears with every viewing of it.
As with so many of Zinnemann's films, the black and white cinematography (by Emil Berna) has a simple, stark beauty. Both Zinnemann and Clift, whose incredibly sensitive portrayal of the soldier is riveting, were nominated for Oscars, but lost to John Huston (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) and Laurence Olivier (Hamlet).
A special juvenile Oscar went to Ivan Jandl, who so convincingly plays the little boy, and it was to be the only film he would ever act in.
This was the first time movie audiences had a chance to see the handome Clift; even though he had already filmed Howard Hawks' Red River, this film was released first, and it is a must-see for fans of this graceful, fabulous actor. Also highly recommended is his first film with Elizabeth Taylor, A Place in the Sun.
"The Search" was filmed in black-and-white on location in a still-war-devastated Europe. The director was Fred Zinnemann, one of the greatest (and most versatile) directors in movie history. Zinnemann's credits include "High Noon," "A Man for All Seasons" and "From Here to Eternity," as well as the musical "Oklahoma!" and the fantastic 1970's thriller "Day of the Jackal." (I told you he was versatile.)
The story of "The Search" is a simple one. Clift is a likable American GI still in Europe after WWII. He encounters an Eastern European boy (a displaced person or DP) who's assumed to be an orphan. Clift befriends the boy and wants to adopt him and take him back to the USA. But, at the same time, we (the audience) know that the boy's mother is alive and searching for him. The story is told in a straightforward, realistic and unsentimental way. As a result, the emotional impact is heightened, not diminished. Clift is wonderful; along with "Red River," this movie made him a star.
I once read a review of this movie that says it all: "You're made of stone if this one doesn't move you."
THE SEARCH is a sentimental look at a most unsentimental era in European history. It would have been too easy for director Zinnemann to be cloying in the mother-son's eventual reunion. Instead, the resolution is anticipated and eagerly sought for.Read more ›
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Extremely touching story of a little boy who becomes separated from his mother at Auschwitz and her relentless dedication to finding her son. Read morePublished 24 days ago by ClarityOfMind
Post WWII made many European kids without parents either dead or missing. A fact the allies had to deal with in Hungary, Poland, Italy, France, Slovk states, Germany, & everywhere... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Imre Demech
I'm a Montgomery Clift fan. If you are a fan too, then you'll like this film. To be honest, I don't think it was his best work.Published 6 months ago by J. R. Jones
Loved it and so did my 11 year old granddaughter. She was mesmorized.Published 7 months ago by desperate
The Search - Montgomery Clift - If you don't fall apart at the conclusion of the wonderful film, you're not human. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dana Skolfield
Great! Montgomery Clift was great in all of his movies. All were first in my book, but this I believe was the best.
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