The Shop on Main Street

The Shop on Main Street

Director: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos Cast: Josef Kroner, Frantisek Zvarik

DVD (Black & White / Mono / Dolby 5.1)

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2001
UPC: 0037429156124
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 1,955

Special Features

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

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 Actor
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

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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The Shop on Main Street 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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