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Among the first releases in the new wave of independent films of the 1970s, writer/director Joan Micklin Silver's portrait of turn-of-the-century New York is also important for its unflinching look at women's issues. Russian Jewish immigrant Gitl (Carol Kane) joins her husband Jake (Steven Keats) in New York after he has gone ahead to establish himself. Jake has quickly assimilated many American customs, much to the dismay of Gitl, who clings to her Old World ways. Gitl's discovery of how Jake was able to finance her trip to America leads to more tension, and Gitl is soon on her own with few resources on which to draw. Although the film performed modestly at the box office, it was a sign of changing times when Kane's quietly assured performance was nominated for an Academy award, a rare recognition by Hollywood of a film made outside the studio system. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi

  • Release date:August 24, 1976

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carol Kane Best Actress 1975 Nominee

Cast

Carol Kane
as Gitl
Mel Howard
as Bernstein
Dorrie Kavanaugh
as Mamie
Doris Roberts
as Kavarsky
Stephen Strimpell
as Peltner
Anna Berger
as Poultry Woman
Sol Frieder
as Scribe
Martin Garner
as Boss
Mordecai Lawner
as Waiter
Leib Lensky
as Peddler
Robert Lesser
as Lawyer
Eda Reiss Merin
as Rabbi's Wife
Joanna Merlin
as Jake's Landlady
Lin Shaye
as Whore
Claudia Silver
as Feigie
Philip Sterling
as Mr. Lipman
Zvee Scooler
as Rabbi
Joanna Merlin
as Jake's Landlady
Zvee Scooler
as Rabbi
Leib Lensky
as Peddler
Sol Frieder
as Scribe
Philip Sterling
as Mr. Lipman
Robert Lesser
as Lawyer
Claudia Silver
as Feigie
Anna Berger
as Poultry Woman
Lin Shaye
as Whore
Martin Garner
as Boss
Mordecai Lawner
as Waiter
Eda Reiss Merin
as Rabbi's Wife

Crew

Joan Micklin Silver
Director
Raphael Silver
Producer
Joan Micklin Silver
Screenwriter
Kenneth Van Sickle
Cinematographer
William Bolcom
Composer (Music Score)
Katherine Wenning
Editor
Robert Pusilo
Costume Designer
Abraham Cahan
Short Story Author
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