The Shop on Main Street

The Shop on Main Street

DVD - 2001 | Czech
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In 1942, Tono and his wife are struggling because of his antipathy towards the fascist regime. His brother-in-law, the local fuehrer, chooses Tono to oversee a button shop owned by a sweet, harmless Jewish widow, Mrs. Lautman. When the Jews are ordered deported, the well-meaning Tono decides to shield her from the Nazis.
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 2001, c1965.
ISBN: 9780780024014
078002401X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm.

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PDBurt
Jan 03, 2019

I think this small town carpenter though initially spineless is not cowardly at all. He is a creature of his environment and the horrible reality of his time. I didn't like him at first but came to feel empathy for him at the end. It's a really well done movie with english subtitles and so interesting to see the architecture, dress and shops. I've never seen a button shop before and the barbershop scenes were so heart rending.

ChampionMDR May 22, 2015

Very well done '60s B & W flick revolving around WWII : how relationships in a small Slovak village are effected by the infiltration of naziism.

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akirakato
Jan 13, 2015

This is a 1965 Czechoslovak film about the Aryanization during World War II in the Slovak State.
An inept Czech carpenter is torn between greed and guilt when his Nazi-affiliated brother-in-law appoint him "Aryan controller" of an old Jewish widow's button shop.
Humor and tragedy come together in this scathing look into the cowardly man's mind in the horrors of a Nazi regime.
The acting of Jozef Kroner as a good-for-nothing man is superb.
It is a somewhat funny yet profoundly heart-wrenching tragedy.

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