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Martin Votruba


The Shop on Main Street







The estabishing aerial shot invites the viewer to consider a parallel as it follows a stork, which observes inmates on their daily walk around a prison yard and then turns to people in their Sunday's best parading up and down Main Street. World War II around them limits their options, too, more than the relaxed, sunny day and chipper brass-band music allow them to ponder. But could it be also pointful that after descending from the bird's-eye view, the camera closes up on the name of the local hotel, The Stork (Bocian), with a man in Orthodox Jewish attire walking past?


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