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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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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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A masterly wrought film that is potent, profound, and forever relevant
3 March 2006 | by hh-10See all my reviews

This is one of the most elegantly crafted and powerful movies relating to the Holocaust that I have ever seen.

As the editor and publisher of the memoir of a Jewish Holocaust survivor from Slovakia, I can aver that this movie is achingly true to life. The film's setting could be this woman's hometown. Like Mrs. Lautmann in the movie, this woman had lived behind one of the family's shops on her hometown's Main Street and her family's properties were seized during the Aryanization depicted in this movie.

How the writer, director, and actors of this seemingly small film were able to condense and convey so much of the socio-economic and political tenor of that time and place, with such acumen, dark humor, and pathos is astounding.

It seamlessly moves toward an inexorable conclusion, with each successive scene leading the viewer deeper into the world of the two protagonists and reeling from the truths that the filmmakers expertly offer up.

It is days after viewing it, and still, I cannot shake this movie.


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