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Hester Street

Hester Street (1975)

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Release Date: May 1, 1975 Limited

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Gitl arrives in New York with her son to join her husband Jake, but whereas Jake has completely embraced America, his shy wife clings to her old country ways.

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Drama, Romance, Classics

Abraham Cahan, Joan Micklin Silver

Dec 21, 2004

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a worthy attempt and important as an example of women's efforts to finally carve their own place in the world of filmmaking, but it's just not a great movie.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Though lacking plot or in-depth characterization, Silver's ultra-modest debut is likable, in large measure due to her channeling of 1970s feminist approach to a little documented turn of the century immigreants' yarn

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Worthwhile as a document of life in New York's Jewish tenements, but its miniscule budget pinches and, for this reason and others, its period detail is sometimes unconvincing.

June 12, 2005 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

[S]tagey and static, confined to small sets that seem to pen in the energetic cast...

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Carol Kane is terrific in this moving, handsomely photographed tale.

May 7, 2003
Nitrate Online

Audience Reviews for Hester Street

A look at early "feminism" as we have the story of a woman trying to exceed traditional roles to embrace the lifestyle of a new country. This however is a dull rendition.
October 15, 2013
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