The Shop On Main Street – Criterion [DVD] (1965) *NEW*

The Shop On Main Street – Criterion [DVD] (1965) *NEW*


An inept Czech peasant is torn between greed and guilt when the Nazi-backed bosses of his town appoint him “Aryan controller” of an old Jewish widow’s button shop. Humor and tragedy fuse in this scathing exploration of one cowardly man’s complicity in the horrors of a totalitarian regime. Made near the height of Soviet oppression in Czechoslovakia, The Shop on Main Street features intense editing and camera work which won it the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film in 1965.

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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.

The Shop on Main Street
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Film poster
Directed by Ján Kadár
Elmar Klos
Written by Novel:
Ladislav Grosman
Ladislav Grosman
Ján Kadár
Elmar Klos
Starring Ida Kamińska
Jozef Kroner
Hana Slivková
Martin Hollý, Sr.
František Zvarík
Martin Gregor
Music by Zdeněk Liška
Cinematography Vladimír Novotný
Edited by Diana Heringová
Jaromír Janáček
Release date
  • 8 October 1965
Running time
125 minutes
Country Czechoslovakia
Language Slovak
Box office $1,450,000 (US/ Canada)

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Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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