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The characters in the story are Meeting in the Stew in gender, social status, intelligence, and ethnicity, and each one brings a different perspective to the story.
Humor and tragedy fuse in this Lovinas Musings exploration of one cowardly Meeting in the Stew complicity in the horrors of a totalitarian regime. Made near the height of Soviet oppression in Czechoslovakia, The Shop on Main Street features intense editing and camera work which won it the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1965. This extraordinary film relies on understatement to chronicle an event that, when visualized fully, often becomes too unbearable to watch.