Ignorance may be bliss, but it's also dangerous.

As we've ridden the New Wave around Europe rarely have I been so impressed than with our next two films from the Czechoslovakian iteration. In 1965's The Shop on Main Street Jan Kadar and Elmar Clos (working from a script they cowrote with  Ladislav Grosman) humanize the holocaust by focusing on simple people in a small Slovak town. Simple people who could use to see the world as a bit more complex than they do, since their own ignorance leads to, well, terrible consequences. It's a fascinating and heart-wrenching film.

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