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25 Jul 2016

The Shop on the High Street (Obchod na korze) – DVD release

Winner of the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Feature in 1965, Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos’ The Shop on the High Street is one of the cornerstones of World Cinema, and perhaps the most internationally renowned film of the Czech New Wave. Moving effortlessly from drama to humour to tragedy, the film 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 a totalitarian regime.

A film by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, Czechoslovakia, 1965

Antonín ‘Tóno’ 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 a Nazi-occupied Slovakian town in 1942. The widow, Rozalie (Yiddish theatre legend Idá Kaminská, nominated here for a Best Actress Oscar® for her performance) is near deaf, isolated and partially sighted. Barely even registering there is a war going on, she fails to fully realize the implications of the context in which she lives. Believing Tóno is simply her new assistant, the two develop a tentative friendship that sees him maintaining that fiction as he attempts to protect her from the encroaching Nazi horror.

“The most moving film about anti-Semitism ever made”
Kenneth Tynan

“A masterpiece, a flawless examination of the toll of indecision and the penalty of passive decency”
Eleanor Perry, Life Magazine, February 1966

1965 Oscar® Winner / Best Foreign Language Film
1965 Cannes Film Festival / Official Selection
1966 Oscar® Nomination / Best Actress - Ida Kamińska

BLU-RAY BARCODE: 5060114151062
DVD BARCODE: 5060114151079 BLU-RAY RRP: £19.99 / DVD RRP: £12.99 BBFC cert: 15
Feature: 125 minutes; Extras: TBC minutes
Language: Slovak; Subtitles: English

Links for pre-ordering: Blu-ray, DVD







25 Jul 2016


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