Mel Howard as Bernstein in Hester Street (1975)
Mel Howard as Bernstein in Hester Street (1975)
Hester Street (1975)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Hester Street

Joan Micklin Silver | USA | 1975 | PG

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This story of a Jewish family migrating to America was adapted from a novel by Abraham Cahan, with Silver astutely shifting its nuanced focus on the complications of assimilation from the husband to the wife. In this quiet yet enlivened black-and-white melodrama – shot by significant local artist Ken Van Sickle – Silver reimagines the spirited street life of the Lower East Side at the turn of the last century. Carol Kane was nominated for an Academy Award for her astounding lead performance as Gitl. With Steven Keats and Doris Roberts.

Format: DCP
Language: English, Yiddish
Source: Park Circus
Duration: 89 mins


89 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Also screening on Wed 30 November

About the program

Joan Micklin Silver (1935–2020) is recognised for many things, not least for working against the tide of misogyny in an industry that seemed determined to exclude women. The daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Silver’s experience growing up in Omaha had a profound influence on her subsequent career.

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