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Hester Street

Opens on December 10

Director: Joan Micklin Silver Run Time: 90 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1975

Starring: Carol Kane, Doris Roberts, Dorrie Kavanaugh, Mel Howard, Steven Keats

New Restoration!

A new 4K restoration from the original negative of Joan Micklin Silver’s theatrical feature debut. A Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe, Gitl (Carol Kane in her Academy Award nominated role) and her son arrive on the Lower East Side of New York in 1896 to join her husband Jake (Keats). They soon find that Jake, who has taken a job in a sweatshop, has completely embraced America, including picking up an English-speaking girlfriend. Gitl, on the other hand, clings to her old country ways, refusing to dress or act differently. Gitl’s journey of assimilation also becomes a journey of liberation from the abusive and unfaithful Jake.

“A magnificent performance by Carol Kane. An unconditionally happy achievement.” – The New York Times

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