1965: Cannes Film Festival: Special Mention. Nominated for Golden Palm 1965: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture 1966: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actress (Ida Kaminska) 1966: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama (Ida Kaminska) 1966: New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Foreign Language Film 1966: David di Donatello Awards: Golden Plate (Elmar Klos and Ján Kadár, for the production)
Tono Briko (Josef Kroner) is a slothful Czechslovakian carpenter. The time is World War II, and the occupying Nazis are nationalizing all Jewish-owned businesses. To please his ambitious family, Tono takes the job of "Aryan comptroller" for a rundown button shop managed by an elderly Jewish woman (Ida Kaminska). He realizes that his new job won't bring much in the way of money; the old woman, deaf as a post, realizes nothing, not even that a war is on. The shopkeeper's Jewish friends, knowing that the woman will be carted off for extermination if she doesn't have an Aryan coworker, offer to pay Tono if he'll stay on as her assistant.
1965 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film.
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