Kehr’s Weekly Recap: The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Sentimental dramas about the Holocaust aren’t my favorite genre; this one is a little less offensive than most, but it still takes too much advantage of the emotional reservoirs built into the theme (1965). During the Nazi occupation of Slovakia, a village handyman is appointed as the Aryan overseer of a button shop belonging to a little old Jewish woman; a friendship grows between them, and then one day the Germans announce that the Jews are to be deported. With Ida Kaminska and Josef Kroner; Elmar Klos and Jan Kadar directed, in the sweet, lightly depressed tone that was the hallmark of the Czech New Wave. 128 min. In Czech with subtitles.

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