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The Shop on Main Street
(Obchod na Korze)
Czechoslovakia - 1965
Directed by Jan Kadar, Elmar Klos


Set in 1942 Czechoslovakia, Tono (Jozef Kroner) is appointed the "Aryan Controller" of a Jewish owned business that has been seized from an elderly Jewish woman.  Because of her senility, the woman is oblivious to events taking place around her.  She believes Tono to be her newly appointed "assistant".  Tono's dilemma, is to reconcile his chance for advancement with his self-loathing at having any part of the nasty business. 

It is interesting to note that this film was made after the Soviets took control of Czechoslovakia in 1962.  The old lady referred to "pogroms", a subject that we thought the Soviets would have repressed during the 60's.

Ida Kaminsk received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress (1967) in her role as Rozalie Lautmann, the elderly Jewish woman, and both Ida Kaminsk and Jozef Kroner won Special Mention for their acting performances at the Cannes Film Festival (1965).  The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film-Czechoslovakia (1966).

Runtime:  128 minutes

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