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65 Ratings

Hester Street

Directed by Joan Micklin Silver
United States, 1975
Drama, Romance


Tells the story of Jewish immigrants who come to the Lower East side of New York City in 1896 from Europe and who live on Hester Street in Manhattan.

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Hester Street Directed by Joan Micklin Silver

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1976 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Writers Guild of America

1976 | Nominee: Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

National Film Preservation Board

2011 | Winner: National Film Registry

Beautifully realized in black-and-white with a blend of wry humor and real yearning, its clear-eyed portrait of Jewish immigrants in New York’s Lower East Side conveys the community disruption wrought by the conflicting pull of tradition and assimilation.
May 02, 2018
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It’s at once vividly a film about the immigrant experience and vividly about New York Jews, that quintessentially American tribe.
May 23, 2017
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Muting the pathos of the wife’s ill treatment at the hands of her ambitious husband (Steven Keats), Silver deftly conceals a modern fantasy of liberation under a welter of social detail and a touching emotional restraint.
September 28, 2016
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