The Shop on Main Street (1965)

“I’m your Aryan and you’re my Jewess . . . understand?” – Antonin Brtko

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A Eastern European carpenter is assigned to be an Aryan controller of a sewing shop owned by a little old Jewish woman after the Nazi’s take over their small town.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard about before coming across it during my quest to watch all films featuring Oscar nominated performances.

They do an amazing job depicting how a Fascist regime can slowly take over even a small town little by little and in subtle ways.

This was especially true prior to and during the very dark days of World War II.

The movie presents things in a very innocent way that allows us to see these small yet significant changes along with the characters who are somewhat oblivious to the larger view of everything.

This helps give the viewer and even more basic understanding of how such things can come about.

The film has a very serious tone, yet there are scenes that are borderline comedic along the way that help show the seeming absurdity of it all.

The chemistry that is developed between these two characters works so well in establishing the growing relationship between these characters which becomes much more apparent as things move along.

Both Josef Kroner and Ida Kaminska are superb in these roles and become quite endearing through the course of the movie.

Kaminska was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of this somewhat lucid and somewhat senile old woman.

They do an amazing job showing how even a simple carpenter in a small village can end up with some very conflicting emotions in a world that is both dangerous and confusing for all involved.

This is a very powerful film and its quite understandable how it could win both the Oscar and Golden Globe for BEst Foreign language Film.

Bottom Line – Excellent film that depicts how the Fascist regime slowly began to take control during the dark days before and during World War II.  This film gives us a very innocent view of the situation in order to help us get a much better understanding of the whole process. The film borders on comedy in certain scenes and we get to see the growing relationship between the two main characters as the chemistry builds between them.  Both Kroner and Kaminska are superb in this film and Kaminska was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress  for her somewhat lucid/somewhat senile performance that is quite emotional and endearing.  Love the way that even a simple carpenter can have conflicting emotions in a very confusing and dangerous world.  I am not at all surprised that this film could win both the Golden Globe and Oscar for best Foreign Language Film. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie was shot exclusively in the small Slovak city of Sabinov. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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