The Shop on Main Street Movie Review Summary

Actors: Josef Kroner, Ida Kaminska

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This Czech film masterpiece (the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1965) tells the story of a weak, cowardly but well-meaning man named Tono who finds himself managing the confiscated button shop of an elderly Jewish widow. When the time comes to round up the Jews in the village, Tono must decide whether or not to protect the woman or save his own skin. This situation leads to one of the greatest studies of a life-or-death internal struggle ever put on film.   About as gripping and moving a film as anyone is ever likely to see!
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's How much story is philosophy rather than plot?    -   2 () Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Jew, regular

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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