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Hester Street, A Cinematic Classic, Returns

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A restored version of Joan Micklin Silver’s 1975 classic, Hester Street, awaits viewers who fondly remember and still savor it. Based on Abraham Cahan’s short story, Yekl, it will be screened at the forthcoming New York Film Festival.

Silver, who died earlier this year, made Hester Street on a shoestring budget, and her husband distributed it. Neither of them could have imagined what a chord it would strike in terms of box-office appeal.

It is set in 1896 in New York City’s Lower East Side, a crowded and colorful neighborhood in Manhattan largely inhabited by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Silver recreates a corner of this teeming district with an astonishing degree of accuracy. And better still, the movie unfolds in two languages, Yiddish-inflected English and........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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