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Shop on Main Street [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1965]

Release Date:09/18/2001
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


    The Shop on Main Street
    The 1965 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, The Shop on Main Street (Obch o Na Korze) stars Josef Kroner as Tono Briko, a slothful Slovakian carpenter. The time is World War II, and the occupying Nazis are nationalizing all Jewish-owned businesses. To please his ambitious family, Tono takes the job of "Aryan comptroller" for a rundown button shop managed by an elderly Jewish woman (Ida Kaminska). He realizes that his new job won't bring much in the way of money; the old woman, deaf as a post, realizes nothing, not even that a war is on. The shopkeeper's Jewish friends, knowing that the woman will be carted off for extermination if she doesn't have an Aryan coworker, offer to pay Tono if he'll stay on as her assistant. Kroner and the old woman form a friendship, but when the order goes out that all Jews be rounded up, he panics and prepares to turn her over to the Nazis. His last-minute change of heart unfortunately comes too late. In contrast to the tragic denouement of the film, Shop on Main Street closes on a idyllic, dreamlike sequence, showing the smiling shopkeeper and clerk walking together through the countryside, free from all danger and fear. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Josef Kroner - Tono Brtko
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      Ida Kaminska - Rosalie Lautmann
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      Martin Holly - Imro Kuchar
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      Helena Zvarikova - Rose Kolkocka
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      Martin Gregory - Katz

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