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The Shop on Main Street (1965)
"Obchod na korze" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  24 January 1966 (USA)
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Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material. She is old and confused and thinks that ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rozalia Lautmannová
Jozef Kroner ...
Antonin 'Tono' Brtko
Hana Slivková ...
Evelyna Brtková
Martin Hollý ...
Imro Kuchar
Adam Matejka ...
Piti Báci
Frantisek Zvarík ...
Markus Kolkocký
Mikulás Ladizinský ...
Marian Peter
Martin Gregor ...
Alojz Kramar ...
Balko, the bandmaster
Gita Misurová ...
Frantisek Papp ...
Helena Zvaríková ...
Ruzena Kolkocká
Tibor Vadas ...
Eugen Senaj ...
Blau, the Jewish relief treasurer
Luise Grossová ...


Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material. She is old and confused and thinks that he is only looking for employment and hires him. The odd couple begin to like each other. But some time later the authorities decide that the Jews must leave the city. What should he do with the old lady? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Heartbreaking and Shattering
29 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Shop on Main Street" tells the story of Tony Brtko (Jozef Kroner), assigned as the Aryan supervisor of a small shop run by Rozalie Lautman (Ida Kaminska), a doddering old lady whose mind is mostly gone and lives in a fog, seemingly unaware that World War II is raging around her. Tony, no sympathizer to the Nazi cause, takes on the duties begrudgingly, but becomes increasingly more involved as he realizes what fate will gradually meet Rozalie. Things reach a shattering conclusion at the climax, as Tony is met by her frustrating oblivion to the danger she is in. Ida Kaminska has received most of the attention in regards to this film. Hollywood even recognized her with a Best Actress Academy Award nomination in 1966. But the standout for me was Jozef Kroner, playing a quiet, mostly lazy man who is forced against his will into the role of hero. Watching his performance is like watching a raw nerve. I had some slight problems with the director's obsession on comparing Tony to Christ (he's a carpenter, he repeatedly is shown having his feet bathed), but this is a minor complaint about a film that packs a tremendous emotional wallop. I defy anyone to forget the last painful, lingering image of the film (I won't give it away), that simultaneously comments on the world that is and laments the world that could be.

Grade: A

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