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

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


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Release Date: Jan 24, 1966 Limited



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The 1965 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, The Shop on Main Street (Obch o Na Korze) stars Josef Kroner as Tono Briko, a slothful Slovakian carpenter. The time is World War II, and the occupying Nazis are nationalizing all Jewish-owned businesses. To please his ambitious family, Tono takes the job of "Aryan comptroller" for a rundown button shop managed by an elderly Jewish woman (Ida Kaminska). He realizes that his new job won't bring much in the way of money; the old woman, deaf as a post,

Sep 18, 2001

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One of the more memorable films about the Holocaust.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The noted Polish actress Ida Kaminska was deservedly nominated for an Oscar for this serio-comic fable, set in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Tense and emotionally brutal.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source:

Mesmerizing and heart-breaking...

October 7, 2004

suggests the sheer impossibility of ever knowing the Holocaust while simultaneously reassuring us that we can always know individual human beings

October 16, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Obchod na Korze (The Shop On Main Street) (A Shop on the High Street)

Brilliantly acted but so very, very sad.
March 31, 2014
jay nixon

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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.
March 8, 2014

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July 18, 2011

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"The Shop on Main Street" defied my expectations in two significant ways: The direction and cinematography were much more elegant than I imagined, and I was surprised at how much of this Nazi-themed film amounts to a sweet, gentle comedy. It's more like one of those small-town character studies from the U.K. The lead actor has an unmistakable "Gilligan" quality, and the story has no shortage of burlesque drunkenness. Meanwhile, his main foil -- a little old lady who is deaf and oblivious -- provides even more humor.

The exposition is overlong (this movie did not need to be over two hours), and the plot's shift toward a darker tone occurs strangely late -- only within the last 45 minutes or so. The ending was not as emotionally powerful as it could have been, and two fantasy sequences seemed unnecessary and out of place. Still, this Czech classic is well worth seeing.
November 12, 2011
Eric Broome

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  • Obchod Na Korze - Das Geschäft in der Hauptstrasse (DE)
  • Obchod na korze (Shop On The High Street, The) (UK)
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