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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 Fascist 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

Complete credited cast:
Ida Kaminska ... Rozalia Lautmannová (as Ida Kaminská)
Jozef Kroner ... Tono Brtko
Frantisek Zvarík Frantisek Zvarík ... Markus Kolkocký (as Frantisek Zvarík)
Hana Slivková Hana Slivková ... Evelyna Brtková
Martin Hollý Martin Hollý ... Imro Kuchar
Helena Zvaríková Helena Zvaríková ... Ruzena Kolkocká (as Elena Zvaríková)
Martin Gregor Martin Gregor ... Jozef Katz
Adam Matejka Adam Matejka ... Piti Báci
Mikulás Ladizinský Mikulás Ladizinský ... Marian Peter
Alojz Kramar Alojz Kramar ... Balko
Eugen Senaj Eugen Senaj ... Blau
Tibor Vadas Tibor Vadas ... Tobacconist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anton Balaz Anton Balaz
Ladislav Farkas Ladislav Farkas ... Young Man
Ladislav Fecko Ladislav Fecko
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Storyline

Fascist 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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Trivia

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

Quotes

Antonin Brtko: I'm your Aryan and you're my Jewess . . . understand?
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Soundtracks

"Én vagyok a falu rossza egyedül
Performed by Tony's brother-in-law
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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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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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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