Hester Street
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Among the first releases in the new wave of independent films of the 1970s, writer/director Joan Micklin Silver's portrait of turn-of-the-century New York is also important for its unflinching look at women's issues. Russian Jewish immigrant Gitl (Carol Kane) joins her husband Jake (Steven Keats) in New York after he has gone ahead to establish himself. Jake has quickly assimilated many American customs, much to the dismay of Gitl, who clings to her Old World ways. Gitl's discovery of how Jake was able to finance her trip to America leads to more tension, and Gitl is soon on her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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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."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[S]tagey and static, confined to small sets that seem to pen in the energetic cast..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Carol Kane is terrific in this moving, handsomely photographed tale."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"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."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
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