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The Search
Feature Film, US/CH 1948, Schwarzweiß, 105 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2020

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Script: Richard Schweizer, David Wechsler
Cast: Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, Aline MacMahon, Jarmila Novotna, Wendell Corey und das Personal der UNRRA
Camera: Emil Berna
Editor: Hermann Haller
Location Sound: Paul Wartmann
Music: Robert Blum
Costumes: Robert Gamma
Producers: Lazar Wechsler
Production: Praesens Film (CH)
Co-production: AG Zürich (CH), MGM (US)


The Search tells the story of a GI stationed in occupied Germany who befriends a lost and mute Czech boy, gradually gaining his trust and teaching him to speak again. In the end, the boy is reunited with his mother. The fictional story, shot on location in the ruins of postwar Germany, is interspersed with harrowing footage of real war orphans in UNRRA camps. Zinnemann used some of these children as extras because “they alone could understand and project the feeling of animal terror.”

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