Hester Street (1975), directed by Joan Micklin Silver and starring Carol Kane

Read about Hester Street, directed by Joan Micklin Silver and starring Carol Kane; No. 88 on our list of the 100 best New York movies.

New York movies: Hester Street (1975)

Joan Micklin Silver’s tribute to Jewish-diaspora life in the 1890s makes you feel as if you’ve stepped through a time portal. Her black-and-white re-creations of the avenues where an insulated community tried to assimilate to its new home bridges the gap between New York’s history and its present—an immigrant song straight from our city’s heart.—David Fear

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