The Shop on Main Street The Shop on Main Street

The Shop on Main Street

Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos

 
The Shop on Main Street (Criterion DVD)

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  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1965
  • 125 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Czech
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  • Spine #130

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.

Cast

Rozalie LautmannIdá Kaminská
Tono Brtko Josef Kroner
Marcus KikotskyFrantišek Zvarík
Evelyna Brtková Hana Slivková
KatzMartin Gregor
Piti Báci Adam Matejka
Maian Peter Mikuláš Ladižinsky
Balko Báci Alojz Kramár

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by James Tung

Film Essays

The Shop on Main Street: Not the Six Million but the One

By Ján Kadár September 17, 2001

Of all my films, The Shop on Main Street touches me most closely. Elmar Klos and I usually work as equal partners, but in this case he left me a free hand. He knows that I am not thinking of the . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

The Shop on Main Street: Not the Six Million but the One

By Ján Kadár September 17, 2001

Of all my films, The Shop on Main Street touches me most closely. Elmar Klos and I usually work as equal partners, but in this case he left me a free hand. He knows that I am not thinking of the . . . Read more »