In February 2016, Joan Micklin Silver, director and screenwriter of the classic 1975 film “Hester Street,” and Carol Kane, who won an Oscar nomination for her brilliant portrayal of the film’s main character Gitl, were interviewed at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City by film historian Eric Goldman. The interview took place following a screening of the film at the museum.
Like Silver’s film “Crossing Delancey,” “Hester Street” is a Jewish love story infused with the flavor of the Lower East Side.
Micklin Silver passed away in December 2020 while working on the 4K restoration of the with the Cohen Film Collection. That restoration was recently released and is now playing in select theaters, and recently screened at the New York Film Festival. The film is also available to stream.
Read about the the 4K restoration of this classic Jewish film ‘Hester Street’ in this issue of the Ledger.