The Shop On Main Street (Obchod na Korze) 1966

The Shop on Main Street

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In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono (Jozef Kroner) is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie (Ida Kaminska). Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the town's corrupt hierarchy, Tono wrestles with greed and guilt as he and Rozalie gradually befriend each other. When the authorities order all Jews in town to be rounded up, Tono faces a moral dilemma unlike any he's known before.

Cast & Crew

Jozef Kroner
Antonin "Tono" Brtko
Ida Kaminska
Rozalia Lautmannová
Hana Slivkova
Evelyna Brtková
Frantisek Zvarik
Markus Kolkocký
Helena Zvaríková
Ruzena Kolkocká
Martin Hollý
Imro Kuchar
Adam Matejka
Piti Báci
Jan Kadar
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Ladislav Grosman
Writer (Story)
Ladislav Grosman
Writer (Screenplay)
Vladimír Novotný
Cinematographer
Jaromír Janácek
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Zdenek Liska
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Critic Reviews for The Shop On Main Street (Obchod na Korze)

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Audience Reviews for The Shop On Main Street (Obchod na Korze)

  • Jul 12, 2014
    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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2014
    Brilliantly acted but so very, very sad.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2014
    Absolutely gorgeous film about the one street corner in the middle of the Holocaust and how individuals averted some of the tragedy. Very very touching.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2014
    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.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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