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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rozalia Lautmannová
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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so real
15 December 2004 | by (Bratislava, Slovakia) – See all my reviews

This movie is deeply emotional and moving. Depicting a moral fight of Tono, an average citizen. Tono finds himself in an internal struggle between the moral right and evil. The last hour of the movie is full of pain, hatred, terror and psychological suffering of the Slovak citizen during the times of Jewish deportation. It's so real that it makes you live through the struggle Tono faces. Should he save the old Jewish lady or not? It's surely one of the best, if not the best, Slovak movies ever made. P.S. To all those thinking this is a Czech movie, it's not. It's more Slovak than you'd think. Of course at the time it was CzechoSlovak cinematography. But actors in this movie are Slovak and the language is Slovak. :)

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