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The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Obchod na korze (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 January 1966 (USA)
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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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 ...
Andoricová
Frantisek Papp ...
Andoric
Helena Zvaríková ...
Ruzena Kolkocká
Tibor Vadas ...
Tobacconist
Eugen Senaj ...
Blau, the Jewish relief treasurer
Luise Grossová ...
Eliasová
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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 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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This movie was shot exclusively in the small Slovak city of Sabinov. See more »

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Antonin Brtko: I'm your Aryan and you're my Jewess . . . understand?
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one of the most powerful films ever made
2 July 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The last half hour of this film may well be the most emotionally intense examination of a personal moral crisis ever put on film.

The movie achieves that rarest feat of being able to portray one of the most horrendous experiences in human history without resorting to sensationalism or sentimentality.

The acting of Josef Kroner and Ida Kaminska is without peer and the musical score is quite simply haunting and adds immeasureably to the film's overall effectiveness.

Make every effort to see this true cinematic masterpiece.


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