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This edition: The Shop on Main Street (1965)

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Episode Details

First aired: March 30, 2019.

(1965, Drama|War, Country: Czechoslovakia, Language: Slovak | Yiddish | German, B&W)
Directors: Jan Kadar, Elmar Klos
Writers: Ladislav Grosman (screenplay), Ladislav Grosman (story)
Stars: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivkova

An inept Slovak 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. Made near the height of Soviet oppression in Czechoslovakia, The Shop on Main Street features intense editing and camera work which won it the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1965.

Discussion Guest: Annette Insdorf / Columbia University.

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Annette Insdorf Professor in the Graduate Film Program, Columbia University

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