Obchod na Korze (The Shop On Main Street) (A Shop on the High Street) (1966)

Obchod na Korze (The Shop On Main Street) (A Shop on the High Street)

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In this film, set during WWII, Czechoslovakian carpenter Josef Kroner becomes the "Aryan comptroller" for a rundown button shop. The shopkeeper's Jewish friends, knowing that the elderly woman will be carted off for extermination if she doesn't have an Aryan co-worker, offer to pay Kroner to stay on as her assistant.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ladislav Grosman, Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos, Ladilsav Grossman
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On DVD: Sep 18, 2001
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as Rozalie Lautmann

as Tono Brtko

as Marcus Kolkotsky

as Evelina Brtko

as Rose Kolkotsky

as Imro Kuchar

as Rose Kolkocka

as Piti Baci

as Marian Peter

as Andoricova

as Balko Baci

as Tobacconist
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Critic Reviews for Obchod na Korze (The Shop On Main Street) (A Shop on the High Street)

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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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One of the more memorable films about the Holocaust.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The noted Polish actress Ida Kaminska was deservedly nominated for an Oscar for this serio-comic fable, set in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Obchod na Korze (The Shop On Main Street) (A Shop on the High Street)

A Czech man takes over a Jewish-run business at the behest of the town's Nazi occupiers.
Filled with tense, ethical quandaries, this film is absolutely remarkable. As Tono takes over an elderly woman's shop and learns the Jewish community that supports her, his prejudices wane, but there is still a gulf between belief and action - a gulf that I suspect infected many in the wake of Nazi atrocities. His weak-willed inability to stand up for others and his pride-busting benefits from his job present him with serious ethical questions that he ultimately fails to resolve.
The performances by Josef Kroner and Ida Kaminska are as compelling as actors can be, and the direction by Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos is blithe and compelling.
Overall, this is one of the finest films I've ever seen about WWII.

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Jim Hunter

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Brilliantly acted but so very, very sad.

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jay nixon

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½

The struggle to maintain a loyalty born out of an unusual friendship in the midst of war and racial persecution is explored with subtlety and great melancholy.

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Pierluigi Puccini

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