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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ida Kaminska ... Rozalia Lautmannová
Jozef Kroner ... Antonin '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, barber
Alojz Kramar Alojz Kramar ... Balko, the bandmaster
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, the Jewish relief treasurer
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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Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Slovak | Yiddish | German

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

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Rozalia Lautmannová: We all have our sorrows. We all know the past - and no one knows the future.
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How Easy It Is
22 April 2005 | by carol-160See all my reviews

A fine movie showing just how easy it is for people to become oppressors. Tono is just an average Joe, keeping his nose clean, until he is co-opted into participating in the Nazi regime by his well-placed brother-in-law. Along the way Tono's wife shows the warping power of greed. The seeds of a fatal moral dilemma are set as Tono becomes the Aryan "controller" of a Jewish business run by a befuddled widow. Ultimately the horror becomes clear as the Jews are rounded up and the widow - played brilliantly - briefly comes to her senses and realizes she is the victim of a "pogrom." All the relationships and characters in the movie are finely drawn and well acted, and the production values were excellent.

The version I reviewed was subtitled in English, and unfortunately some of the subtitles were difficult to read.


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