The Shop on Main Street

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Overview

Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos' emotionally devastating holocaust drama The Shop on Main Street comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned Czech soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the American theatrical trailer. Even without a bevy of extras, this disc represents the usual high-quality work consumers have come to expect from Criterion. Anyone with an interest in foreign films should certainly seek out this ...
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Overview

Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos' emotionally devastating holocaust drama The Shop on Main Street comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned Czech soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the American theatrical trailer. Even without a bevy of extras, this disc represents the usual high-quality work consumers have come to expect from Criterion. Anyone with an interest in foreign films should certainly seek out this excellent DVD.
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Special Features

New digital transfer; U.S. theatrical trailer; New & improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
On its initial release, The Shop on Main Street contained several ingredients that would make it an instant classic: it was a heartfelt drama about the effect of the Holocaust on two humble individuals, and a film made by individuals who were dealing with a totalitarian regime of their own. The film can't help but be affecting, but it has lost some of its luster with the subsequent release of more complex studies of some of the same issues, namely Lacombe, Lucien, The Conformist, and Divided We Fall. And at 125 minutes, this simple story of a peasant who comes to understand belatedly the complicity he shares in the persecution of the Jews in his village, seems over-extended. Tono's fretting in the button shop as the roll of names is called in the town square outside seems to go on forever, and there's a crucial dramatic inconsistency: He should feel relieved when the name of his elderly friend, Rosalie Lautmann, isn't called. However, the film shouldn't be casually dismissed; both lead performers are superb, especially Ida Kaminska as Rosalie, and there is one bravura piece of camerawork, when Tono retreats to the back rooms of the shop and the camera prowls around each room until it "finds" him and he bolts to another room, where the process is repeated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • UPC: 037429156124
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,277

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josef Kroner Tono Brtko
Frantisek Zvarik Marcus Kolkocky
Ida Kaminska Rosalie Lautmann
Hana Slivkova Evelina Brtko
Martin Holly Imro Kuchar
Helena Zvarikova Rose Kolkocka
Martin Gregory Katz
Elmar Klos
Frantisek Papp Andoric
Mikulas Ladizinsky Marian Peter
Adam Matejka Piti Baci
Gita Misurova Andoricova
Eugen Senaj Blau
Tibor Vadas Tobacconist
Technical Credits
Ján Kadár Director, Screenwriter
Elmar Klos Director, Screenwriter
Jordan Balurov Producer
Ladilsav Grossman Screenwriter
Ladislav Hanus Producer, Production Manager
Diana Heringova Editor
Jaromir Janacek Editor
Zdenek Liska Score Composer
Jaromir Lukas Producer
Vladimir Novotny Cinematographer
Karel Skvor Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Titles/Starks [3:47]
2. "On The Eve Of 1942" [4:26]
3. "Fascist Politics" [2:12]
4. "Our Tower Of Babylon" [3:05]
5. In-Laws [3:34]
6. "Our Time Has Come" [2:40]
7. "Ordinance No.31.40" [4:11]
8. "It Shines!" [1:50]
9. "He's A Real Man" [2:15]
10. "Don't Sell On Credit" [2:09]
11. "I'm Your Arisator" [6:10]
12. "A Fish For Sabbath" [3:10]
13. "You'll Be Like My Own Son" [1:51]
14. A Solution [1:31]
15. "And The Keys?" [1:21]
16. "Closed For Inventory" [4:23]
17. "I Look Like Chaplin" [3:52]
18. "Where Did You Get The Hat?" [2:51]
19. "We Sell Everything" [6:33]
20. "Tumba Tumba-Là" [2:34]
21. "Tin Loudspeakers" [3:47]
22. "Mrs.Lautmann's Benefactor" [2:13]
23. "The Lord's Will And Doing" [4:22]
24. "My Boy Danko" [2:38]
25. "A Nice Goose" [1:21]
26. "Back In The Autumn" [4:24]
27. "I'm A Jew-Lover" [2:47]
28. Sabbath Supper [1:30]
29. "A Saint With A Halo" [4:35]
30. "It Was A Terrible Dream" [4:34]
31. "Abeles Hendrick,Abeles Rosas" [6:20]
32. "Our Laws Are Kind" [4:04]
33. "A Pogrom" [8:52]
34. "I Didn't Want..." [3:51]
35. Danko Comes Home [5:57]
36. Color Bars [:20]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Trailer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A lesson here for all humanity, one that must be learned lest it be repeated.

    Genocide is a concept of such enormity, its twentieth-century manifestation so bestial in its details, that the imagination shrinks from its depiction. But in "The Shop on Main Street" (U.S. title) we are able to see it in comprehensive and comprehensible terms, with a simplicity and humanism that are soul-searing, an honesty and integrity that are unforgettable. Czech filmmakers Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos have omitted the beasts with the whips and barbed wire, the emaciated corpses and the fragmented survivors. They have presented to us the tragedy not only of the millions who died but of the millions who stood witness to their murder in terms of a handful and epitomized it in a couple--a doltish, dim-witted carpenter and an elderly, doddering, shopkeeper--a foolish, well-intentioned young man and a sweet, harmless old lady. The triumph is that the tragic emphasis is not on the elderly Jewish widow, carrying on the ritual of business in her bankrupt little button shop with failing eyesight, near-deafness and a purity of spirit, living in lonely memories with deep religious faith. It is rather on the carpenter in this village in Slovakia during World War II, on the good-natured man whose reaction to fascism is as much due to his personal apathy to his brother-in-law, the local fuehrer, as to his basic sense of decency. Fascism is, in fact, presented to us most directly in the fatuous, vulgar greed of the brother-in-law and the nagging, blowsy earthiness and avarice of the carpenter's wife in contrast, the carpenter's ordinary average humanism becomes almost--but never quite--heroic. The carpenter is appointed Aryan controller of the widow's shop, only to discover that there is no profit there beyond the salary that the Jewish community will pay him to let Mrs. Lautman live in peace, nor is there pride, for the near-senile little lady, insulated by deafness, is under the delusion that he has been brought in to assist her, and she is kindly, patronizingly tolerant of him. A warm relationship develops, as does the crisis--the deportation of the town's Jews--and Tono, the carpenter, is suddenly confronted with the dilemma of protecting the widow or saving his own skin. Dreams and drunkenness provides no solution, for the nightmare is reality, and there is no slick escape, no easy way out for the ordinary man. And thus--through the brilliant perceptiveness of Ladislav Grossman's screenplay, the expert, sensitive direction of Kadar and Klos, the overwhelming performances of Josef Kroner and Oscar nominee Ida Kaminska, and indeed, the contribution of everyone involved--we come to know and understand, through laughter, through tears, through the ordinary actions of ordinary people, just what the tragedy of millions, of both victims and survivors, have meant in our history. [filmfactsman]

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