ppchris-r-0170-2 Image by Christine Renney

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there stood a white castle which had once been the home of caring leaders but which of late has fallen beneath the spell of the wicked Orange Wizard from the West…….now ’tis covered up by prickly
thorn and thistle so that none shall see his magic tricks and wicked ways.

THE SHOP ON THE HIGH (MAIN) STREET – Directed by Jan Kadad & Elmar Klos

I have posted this on my other site ‘View From Our Sofa’.


This sad and devastating film, made in 1965 and which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and a nomination for Best Actress in a Foreign Film (both well deserved), takes us on a journey which begins in the realm of comedy and culminates in the land of tragedy.

The film is set in 1942 and Tono is a small town carpenter – he is neither ambitious nor greedy but sadly his wife, whose sister is married to a high-ranking officer in the Slovakian right-wing military, is and she desperately wants to have the same lovely clothes and foods supplied by the status and influence her brother-in-law holds. To this end, Tono is appointed by his brother-in-law, whom he heartily dislikes, as ‘Aryan Controller’ of a small shop in the town which has been owned by Mrs Lautmann, who is Jewish, for many years. Tono’s role, to his wife’s delight…

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