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The Shop On Main Street

This evocative fable, starring Ida Kaminska, relates the tale of Tano, a peasant who is appointed the "Aryan controller" of a shop run by an elderly, hald-deaf Jewish woman unaware of the Nazi occupation of their small town in 1942 Czechoslovakia. The Jewish shop owner sees her business confiscated by the Germans and handed over to a non-Jew, Tano. The relationship between the two grows into a close one, with the man put in charge of her shop eventually trying to protect her, albeit with tragic consequences. Tano, in an attempt to protect the kindly old woman from deportation, accidently kills her and hangs himself in remorse. Czech with English subtitles. (Adult). B/W. (126 min.)


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