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596 Ratings

The Shop on Main Street

Obchod na korze

Directed by Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos
Czechoslovakia, 1965


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.

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The Shop on Main Street Directed by Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1965 | Special Mention

Academy Awards

1966 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

1967 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Golden Globes (USA)

1967 | Nominee: Best Actress - Drama

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