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A.k.a.
The Shop on Main Street
Year
1965
Runtime
128 min.
Directors
Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos
Genre
Drama
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
6,107
Checks
1,464
Favs
212
Dislikes
6
Favs/checks
14.5% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
35:1
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  1. adrieorchids's avatar

    adrieorchids

    Wow..what a tragedy. I enjoyed this very much, but it is such a sad story. 9 years 2 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    If it weren't set in the shadow of the Holocaust, The Shop on Main Street's premise would be a comedy, and indeed plays like one for most of the runtime. Tono is appointed "Aryan manager" of a Jewish business for which he is ill-qualified, but the old lady who actually runs the store is oblivious to the Nazi occupation, going deaf besides, and thinks he's just there to help her out. She's a pain in his ass, and yet too endearing to send packing, and that's all very well and good until the Fascist Guard come to town to take all the Jews to the camps. Jozef Kroner is great as Tono, doing much without saying a word, never too sympathetic, and yet not unsympathetic either. He's no fascist, it's just a business opportunity. Ida Kaminska puts in a strong performance as the old woman too. And it's all told with an effective slice of life quality, at least until the climax with its brilliant use of the audience's judgment through the camera lens. A dark tale about impossible choices and the corruptive nature of fascism, wrapped in a sort of small town comedy in which you spend time with a community of affecting characters. Some call it gut-wrenching, but I admit I perhaps braced myself for something harder to watch, and so came out of it relatively unscathed. 6 months 1 week ago
  3. CrunchySumbitch's avatar

    CrunchySumbitch

    Koco, so it is Slovak. My mistake and apologies.

    I find it fascinating that the sense of morality imbued in Cold War era films from Eastern Bloc countries is so righteous with respect to Nazis, while the citizens of those nations were being subjected to immoral oppression by their governments. I suppose it was a matter of perspective.
    4 years 6 months ago
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  5. This movie ranks #133 in The Criterion Collection
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