The Shop On Main Street


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  

Original title:  Obchod Na Korze

A lazy, itinerant Slovak villager is given what he thinks is a golden goose when his Nazi-collaborating brother-in-law assigns him as the ‘Aryan’ supervisor of an old Jewish woman’s button shop. At first thrilled at the opportunity to bring more money home, the man eventually grows a conscience as he realizes that the horrors of World War II are aimed at this adorable old lady () who has absolutely no idea what is going on. Becoming her protector is no easy task, however, not in a town where Jewish sympathizers are persecuted as much as Jews are. This heartwarming film is a skillful combination of wry humour and heartbreaking tragedy, a truly humane masterpiece that illuminates all too well the horrors of prejudice and bigotry.

Filmové studio Barrandov

Czechoslovakia, 1965

Story by , Screenplay by Ladislav Grosman, Jan Kadar, Elmar Klos

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1965

Academy Awards 1966

Cannes Film Festival 1965

Golden Globe Awards 1966

New York Film Critics Awards 1966.  

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