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The Shop on Main Street (1965)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ida Kaminska ... 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 ... Jozef Katz, barber
Alojz Kramar ... Balko, the bandmaster
Gita Misurová ... Andoricová
Frantisek Papp ... Andoric
Helena Zvaríková ... Ruzena Kolkocká
Tibor Vadas ... Tobacconist
Eugen Senaj ... Blau, the Jewish relief treasurer
Luise Grossová ... Eliasová
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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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Features Ida Kaminska's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

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Rozalia Lautmannová: We all have our sorrows. We all know the past - and no one knows the future.
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Referenced in You're a Big Boy Now (1966) See more »

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One of the best Holocaust films ever
12 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I gave this one a 10 because it is one of the most moving and engaging films about the Holocaust I have ever seen. The film is masterful in its depiction of the duplicitous nature of average citizens in Central Europe during the rise of Nazism. During World War II, the region was pulled between fascism and communism. This film is very revealing in its ability to show the true nature of totalitarianism and how it can effect the common person. The acting is brilliant, especially in the case of the old lady who is the owner of the shop. This is one of the best Czech films from the 60s, even better than Closely Watched Trains, which is also very good. This is the type of film that stays with you in that it is both haunting and thought provoking.


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