The shop on Main Street

The shop on Main Street

Obchod na korze

DVD - 2001 | Czech
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In 1942, Tono and his wife are struggling because of his antipathy towards the fascist regime. His brother-in-law, the local fuehrer, chooses Tono to oversee a button shop owned by a sweet, harmless Jewish widow, Mrs. Lautman. Unable to explain his position to Mrs. Lautman, Tono gradually accepts her belief that he is her assistant. When the Jews are ordered deported, the well-meaning Tono decides to shield her from the Nazis.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2001
ISBN: 9780780024014
078002401X
Branch Call Number: DVD F Sho Czech
Alternative Title: Obchod na korze

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ChampionMDR May 22, 2015

Very well done '60s B & W flick revolving around WWII : how relationships in a small Slovak village are effected by the infiltration of naziism.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 14, 2015

Harrowing and heartbreaking story of a small Czech town during World War II. A lazy, feckless peasant is appointed the "Aryan controller" for a sweet, elderly Jewish woman's button shop. He hopes to makes some money out of it, but soon comes to feel protective of the woman, who is unaware that the Jews are being persecuted. Working on a much smaller scale than something like "Schindler's List," this film does an excellent job of dramatizing the dilemma that thousands of ordinary (i.e., non-military, non-political) Europeans faced: protect themselves or try to take action. This won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1965. Some other Czech films from this period: "The Fireman's Ball," "Closely Watched Trains," "The Joke," "Daisies."

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akirakato
Jan 13, 2015

This is a 1965 Czechoslovak film about the Aryanization during World War II in the Slovak State.
An inept Czech carpenter is torn between greed and guilt when his Nazi-affiliated brother-in-law appoint him "Aryan controller" of an old Jewish widow's button shop.
Humor and tragedy come together in this scathing look into the cowardly man's mind in the horrors of a Nazi regime.
The acting of Jozef Kroner as a good-for-nothing man is superb.
It is a somewhat funny yet profoundly heart-wrenching tragedy.

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