edmund moeschke

I have been trying to find out what happened to edmund moeschke, after he made this film ... does anyone know anything about his later life?

did he return to circus work, or move on to something else?

if anyone has any information, please post

thank you


Another poster shared that Criterion has restored this film. Perhaps the answer to your question will be in the special features?


"Two more swords and I'll be Queen of the Monkey People." Roseanne


Just caught the last 20 min or so of the film on TCM, and at the end, Ben Mankewicz mentioned that when shooting wrapped in Berlin, Rosselini invited them cast back to Italy for a dinner/visit, and many/most of them did not really want to even go back to Germany when the visit was over. They were there on visas, but many of them "slipped into the streets of Italy and quietly disappeared" so they wouldn't have to go back...although, he said, many eventually were captured and sent back to Germany...

Really interesting film and (real-life) backstory, one I'd been totally ignorant of until just now seeing it...for sure want to see the entire film sometime soon.
Reminds me, in a kind of casual way, of a Montgomery Clift film from the very same year: "The Search" (which was Clift's first real film, incidentally)...although the tone is for sure a hell of a lot lighter, it is also set in war-torn Berlin, and one of its central characters is a little lost refugee boy, an Auschwitz survivor....the boy reminds me of the Edmund character a bit. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040765/


Mankewicz also said that Rossellini said that the boy bore a striking resemblance to Romano Rossellini, his young son who had died before the film was made.



According to his IMDb bio, such as it is, Edmund Moeschke disappeared after shooting the film and was never heard from again. Hopefully he went off and had a long and happy life - it does seem like we may never know what became of him. Anyway, he left behind one of the most powerful and devastating child performances in cinema history.