Hester Street (1975)
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It is just this short sightedness, this emotional skimpiness, that makes Hester Street a truly "little movie." It is not a matter of size, really, but of depth.
An unimaginative camera and misty monochromes do little beyond conveying some self-conscious period recreation.
There is nothing very original about Hester Street except its loveliness.
Hester Street is compromised by preciousness and oversimplification, but it makes a pleasant and efficient entertainment.
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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.
This portrait of Eastern European Jews coming to America at the turn of Century is decent. A man comes to America and quickly adapts to the culture, and even begins to have an affair...so his life becomes decidedly complicated when his wife and child finally arrive. He neglects her for her old country ways, and changes their son's name to the more American Joey, and he continues with his affair. For it's small budget, it is a decent period piece with a fairly accurate portrayal of the plight of the immigrants that came to America at this time. It is almost strange to see Carol Kane in such a dramatic role, as I am so used to seeing her in zany comedy characters.
Awkward in some places but still a fine film, perhaps the best I've seen to feature immigration in the Gilded Age.
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