• The Shop on Main Street (1966)

The Shop on Main Street

Release Date: January 24th, 1966

DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2001

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Jozef Kroner, Ida Kaminska, Hana Slivkova, Frantisek Zvarik, Helena Zvaríková, Martin Hollý, Martin Gregor, Adam Matejka

Director: Jan Kadar , Elmar Klos

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Filmové studio Barrandov

Distributors: Prominent Films, Criterion Collection

Keywords: Sacrifice, Rescue, Temptation, 1940s, Small town, Intense


Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Foreign Language Film
Nominated Actress