The Shop on Main Street

"Obchod Na Korze" 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. Humour 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 the former Czechoslovakia, this film features intense editing and camera work which won it the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1965.

Year: 1965
Genre: Foreign Language Films, Eastern European Cinema, Best of the 1960s, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die)
Country: Czech Republic
Director: Jan Kadar, Elmar Klos
Starring: Ida Kaminska, Josef Kroner
Duration: 125 Minutes
Rating: PG
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Foreign (Eastern Europe)
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