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Joan Micklin Silver [May 24, 1935 - Dec. 31, 2020]

Joan Micklin Silver [May 24, 1935 - Dec. 31, 2020]
Writer-Director Joan Micklin Silver, who started making movies when it was still rare to see women directors, has passed away at age 85. After directing some short films, she made her feature-film debut with 1975's Hester Street, featuring Carol Kane in a breakthrough Oscar nominated role. Subsequent features like 1977's Between The Lines (a personal favourite; and best remembered today for its ensemble of up-and-coming talent like Jeff Goldblum, John Heard, Lindsay Crouse and many others), the Bermanesque Chilly Scenes Of Winter (1979), and the romantic comedy Crossing Delancey (1989), showed her skill at understated, unpretentious though sometimes quirky films. Her stories of Jewish characters proved to be hits even with non-Jewish audiences, so universal they are. Her films were often produced by her husband, the late Raphael D. Silver. He directed one film, On The Yard, a 1978 prison drama also with Heard, which she in turn produced. The Silvers had three daughters: Dina, Marisa, and Claudia. Marisa also began a career of directing similarly low-key, affecting films: Old Enough (1982), and Permanent Record (1988).
FILMS: (as director, and screenwriter*, unless specified): The Immigrant Experience: The Long Long Journey (1972 short, +scr.),Limbo (1972; screenplay only, based on her novel), The Fur Coat Club (1973 short; +scr.), The Case of the Elevator Duck (1974 short; +scr.), Hester Street (1975; +scr.), The Frontier Experience (1975 short, screenplay only), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1976 short; +scr.), Between the Lines (1977), On The Yard (1978; producer only) Chilly Scenes of Winter (aka- Head Over Heels) (1979; +scr.), Faerie Tale Theatre: The Nightingale (1983 TV short; screenplay only), How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days (1983 TV movie), Finnegan Begin Again (1985 TV movie), Crossing Delancey (1988), Loverboy (1989), Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (1991 TV movie - segment 2), Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even (1992), A Private Matter (1992 TV movie), In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1997 TV movie), Invisible Child (1999 TV movie), A Fish in the Bathtub (1999), Charms for the Easy Life (2002 TV movie), Hunger Point (2003 TV movie)