The Shop on Main Street

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In Brief: What would happen if Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be had some unholy love child with Schindler's List? I don't know, and I don't want to know — but it couldn't possibly be more depressing than Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos' 1965 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, The Shop on Main Street (Obch o Na Korze).  What seems poised as a particularly odd comedy of Holocaust manners becomes even more brutal and bleak than you could possibly expect as its final hour ensues, and the result is potentially the most poignant and emotionally conflicted film of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Exquisite performances from stars Josef Kroner and Ida Kaminska do justice to a script from Kadár and Ladislav Grosman, but that may be the only justice to be found in this story. If you saw last month's Holocaust drama 1945 and said to yourself, "Yeah, but where are the lols?" then this may be the film for you — but if such an unlikely hypothetical person were to exist, then he surely deserves the unfathomable desolation of The Shop on Main Street.
Genre: Drama
Director: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos
Starring: Jozef Kroner, Ida Kaminska, Hana Slivkova, Frantisek Zvarik, Helena Zvarikov
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Shop on Main Street on Sunday, June 17, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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