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adrieorchids's avatar


Wow..what a tragedy. I enjoyed this very much, but it is such a sad story.
9 years 3 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


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.
7 months 1 week ago
CrunchySumbitch's avatar


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 7 months ago
BareLolk's avatar


I was crying like a baby during the closing credits.

It's without a doubt one of the greatest film experiences I've ever had...

Beautiful, sad and poetic.
2 years 4 months ago
Koco's avatar


re: CrunchySumbitch
4 years 10 months ago
CrunchySumbitch's avatar


This film gives a voice to the Czech people caught between the inexorable cruelty of Nazism and the human rights of their innocent neighbors. It seems like such an easy choice from our end of the keyboard, but consider Tono's plight and the expected penalties faced by people like him if they chose wrong.

This is some of the best Czech cinema I've seen.
4 years 11 months ago
chryzsh's avatar


Astonishing film
5 years ago
Dieguito's avatar


A very subtle and poetic war story.
8 years 10 months ago
ClassicLady's avatar


I'm convinced it is only in death will we be able to experience true religious freedom. What a great movie this is.
6 years 9 months ago
nicolaskrizan's avatar


how much can one individual achieve?

8 years 7 months ago
George Bailey's avatar

George Bailey

Dedicated to Mightysparks: Despite the fact that my grandmother went fox hunting with Kadar in 1953-1954, I gave this an 8!
9 years 5 months ago
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