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The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Obchod na korze (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 24 January 1966 (USA)
A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed "Aryan controller" of a Jewish widow's store.

Directors:

Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos

Writers:

Ladislav Grosman (screenplay), Ladislav Grosman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ida Kaminska ... Rozalia Lautmannová
Jozef Kroner ... Tono Brtko
Hana Slivková Hana Slivková ... Evelyna Brtková
Martin Hollý Martin Hollý ... Imro Kuchar
Adam Matejka Adam Matejka ... Piti Báci
Frantisek Zvarík Frantisek Zvarík ... Markus Kolkocký
Mikulás Ladizinský Mikulás Ladizinský ... Marian Peter
Martin Gregor Martin Gregor ... Jozef Katz
Alojz Kramar Alojz Kramar ... Balko
Gita Misurová Gita Misurová ... Andoricová
Frantisek Papp Frantisek Papp ... Andoric
Helena Zvaríková Helena Zvaríková ... Ruzena Kolkocká
Tibor Vadas Tibor Vadas ... Tobacconist
Eugen Senaj Eugen Senaj ... Blau
Luise Grossová Luise Grossová ... Eliasová
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Slovak | Yiddish | German | Latin

Release Date:

24 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shop on Main Street See more »

Filming Locations:

Slovakia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2001 Criterion release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #130. See more »

Quotes

Antonin Brtko: What can I do? What? I'm nobody. A zero.
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Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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"Én vagyok a falu rossza egyedül
Performed by Tony's brother-in-law
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Heartbreaking and Shattering
29 April 2005 | by evanston_dadSee 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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