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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 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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Slovak | Yiddish

Release Date:

24 January 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shop on Main Street See more »

Filming Locations:

Sabinov, Slovakia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmové studio Barrandov 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 »

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Imro Kuchar: When the laws go against innocent people - that's the end! The end of those who passed them.
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This is a must see for those who love the very best.
16 November 2004 | by micaofbocaSee all my reviews

One of the finest movies ever made. Ignore revues if they don't praise this film for it's sophistication and emotional power. No other movie portraying the pogroms that initiated the holocaust come close to the depth and cinematic verite that Shop on Main Street depicts. I first saw this movie in the 1960's and it has remained in my psyche ever since in a haunting unnerving memory. Every subsequent viewing I gave it reinforced it's depth and artistic strength. The directing is on a par with Ingmar Bergman, but more direct and devoid of artistic devices. The cinematography is breathtaking (Black and White). Note the scene when the protagonist's confusion is exaggerated by the camera circling around and around, enveloping the viewer in his emotional madness and guilt. This is a must see for anyone seriously interested in the very best movies of all time.


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