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The Shop on the High Street


Directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos

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Made in 1965, this Czechoslovak film is set in the German-occupied, 'independent' Slovak state during World War II.  

Antonin Tono Brtko is a poor carpenter appointed by his Nazi brother-in-law to be 'Aryan controller' of an old Jewish widow's sewing shop in an occupied Slovakian town in 1942. The widow, Rozalie (Yiddish theatre legend Idá Kaminská, nominated here for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance) is hearing-impaired, isolated and partially sighted. Barely even registering there is a war going on, she fails to fully realise the the context in which she lives.

Believing Tono is simply her new assistant, the two develop a tentative friendship that sees him attempt to protect her from the encroaching Nazi horror.

Directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, The Shop on the High Street is a complex political morality tale of common lives disturbed and destroyed by war. A story of loyalty, betrayal, cowardice and heroism, it is a scathing exploration of how minor compromises can lead to complicity in the horrors of fascism, asking the viewer: 'If it had been you, what would you have done?'

Winner of the 1965 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

  • The Shop on the High Street (1965) presented from a brand new HD transfer of the film
  • Original Slovak soundtrack in Dual Mono 24-bit LPCM audio
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Booklet featuring a new essay on the film
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SKU 5060114151079
Catalogue Number SECONDRUN109
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1965
Director Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Second Run
Countries Czechoslovakia
Aspect ratio 4:3 - 1.33:1
Colour Black & White
Subtitles English
Language(s) Slovakian
Running time 125 mins
DVD region 0
Certificate 15
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