The Shop On Main Street (Obchod Na Korze)


(out of 5)

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.

Czechoslovakia, 1965

Directed by ,

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 ,

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1965

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Academy Award
Best Foreign Language Film (Czechoslovakia) (1965)

Best Actress (Ida Kaminska as “Rozalie Lautmanova”) (1966)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Ida Kaminska)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Best Director (Jan Kadar, Elmar Klos)



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