Saturday, April 27, 2013
THE SHOP ON MAIN STREET (1965)
Although the story is sad, it's really not as sad as it could have been. To begin with Brtko isn't that likeable of a guy and yeah, I really felt sorry for Mrs. Lautmannova but she was so senile that she was pretty much clueless. Also the Nazi's were assholes, of course, but they could have easily been portrayed as much worse. Good film, with a promising story premise, but it could have been told much more powerfully than it was. Something in the back of my mind tells me that Mikhail Kalatozov would have made an a much more satisfying film from this story. That's just my two cents. It's still worth watching.