Oscar: Shop on Main Street–1965 Foreign Language Winner

The noted stage Polish player, Ida Kaminska, was a Best Actress nominee for the Czech film, “The Shop on Main Street,” which was voted the 1965 Best Foreign-Language Picture.
Co-directed by Jan Kadar and Elmar Klos, who also co-wrote the script (with Ladislav Grossman), this tale is set in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, centering on an elderly Jewish shopkeeper who, being deaf, fails to fully realize the implications of the context in which she lives.
When a carpenter (Josef Kroner) is appointed by his brother-in-law to be a controller of her shop, he tries to protect her from the Nazis. The seriocomic fable begins well but progressively gets sentimental, though Kaminska renders a grand performance.
Oscar Nominations: 2
Foreign Language Film
Actress: Ida Kaminska
Oscar Awards: 1
 
Foreign Language Film
 
Oscar Context
 
The other nominees for the foreign language Oscar were: “Blood on the Land” from Greece, “Dear John” from Sweden, “Kwaidan” from Japan,” and Marriage Italian Style” from Italy.
 
The winner of the Best Actress Oscar was Liz Taylor for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”