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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This movie was shot exclusively in the small Slovak city of Sabinov. See more »


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Makes Schindler's List look like an average movie
4 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Words can hardly do justice to this gem. Understated cinematic grandeur, ultimate moral subtlety, acting without pair in the annals of movie history, philosophical and ethical depth without sententiousness . . . should I invent new superlatives to describe this indescribably touching movie?

Yes, the movie has to do with the tragedy of Jewish people in the poisoned and poisonous Europe of the WWII period, but the emotional implications go much farther than that. They address human condition in general. It is one of those egregiously few movies which make a "philosopher" out of each of us. . . even if for a minute only. . . even if we only philosophize with our unstoppable tears. I am not one to weep easily at movies, but I defy you to watch this fabulous work of cinema without being touched to the deepest fiber of your soul.

Yes, it is that good. One of the very few movies which are better than GREAT MUSIC. Watch it - preferably on the Criterion DVD, the VHS edition leaves a lot to be desired. Unless you are an unfeeling freak, no offense intended, it is very unlikely that you will ever regret it.

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