The classic Jewish film 'Hester Street' gets a new life in 2021


October 15, 2021

A scene from "Hester Street," with Jake (Steven Keats), Gitl (Carol Kane) and Joey (Paul Freedman).

Joan Micklin Silver, the pivotal female Jewish American filmmaker, always worked with a wit and wisdom that made her stories feel both timeless and personal. Best known for the rom-com "Crossing Delancey," Micklin Silver passed away last year while working on the restoration of her 1975 film "Hester Street" with the Cohen Film Collection. That 4K restoration - which essentially involves repairing breakdowns in the original physical film - is now playing in select theaters, and recently screened at the New York Film Festival. Like "Crossing Delancey," "Hester Street" is a Jewish love story infu...

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