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Joan Micklin Silver



American director Joan Micklin Silver was educated at Sarah Lawrence College, then moved to New York for a job directing schoolroom films for the Learning Corporation of America and the Encyclopedia Brittanica. In 1972, she attained her first important screenplay credit with one of the earliest films to deal with Vietnam veterans, Limbo. While doing research for an educational short about immigrants, Silver read a story about a young Jewish newlywed titled "Yekl;" this would develop into her first feature film, Hester Street (1975), which, though minimally budgeted, became a favorite with audiences weaned on the mega-bucks Jaws. A year later, Silver scored with a half-hour Public Television adaptation of Fitzgerald's Bernice Bobs Her Hair, which, like Hester Street, was a breathtakingly accurate recreation of a bygone chapter of American history -- and again, one created on a shoestring budget. Silver's experiences writing for The Village Voice would be manifested in her first feature film, Between the Lines (1977), the saga of an "alternative" newspaper with a remarkable young cast of stars-to-be, including John Heard, Jeff Goldblum, Jill Eikenberry, Bruno Kirby, Lane Smith, and Marilu Henner. Silvers' most distinctive skill was the ability to weave scriptwriting contrivances into a semi-documentary style; she did this admirably with the larger-budget film Crossing Delancey (1988), an update of the "arranged marriage" conceit of Hester Street. In recent years, Silver has switched to a lighter style with Loverboy (1989), a low-key comedy about a pizza delivery boy's many amours with lonely older women, and Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even (1992), which took a "laughing through the tears" approach to the subject of teenagers from broken homes.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hunger Point
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Charms for the Easy Life
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Invisible Child
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet A Fish in the Bathtub
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet In the Presence of Mine Enemies
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet A Private Matter
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even
  • Director
1992
No Score Yet Prison Stories: Women on the Inside
  • Director
1991
44% Loverboy
  • Director
1989
90% Crossing Delancey
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days
  • Actor
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Finnegan Begin Again
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre - The Nightingale
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Head over Heels
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet On the Yard
  • Producer
1979
No Score Yet Between the Lines
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Bernice Bobs Her Hair
  • Director
1976
71% Hester Street
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1975

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