Esther Kahn Movie Review 2000

Information and Film Reviews for Esther Kahn the Movie

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Esther (Phoenix) is growing up in the poor East End of London at the end of the 19th century--the daughter of a Jewish tailor. When Esther attends a Yiddish stage play, she decides that she must become an actress and approaches a local theatre for work. She is later taken under the wing of older actor Nathan (Holm), who advises her to take a lover for emotional experience. Esther gets involved with drama critic, Philip Haygard (Desplechin), is betrayed, but achieves a more-desired stage triumph. Adapted from a short story by Arthur Symons.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 145 minutes.
Originally from French, British.

Cast and Crew

Adapted from a Story, Stagestruck, London, Judaism, Betrayal
Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu
Summer Phoenix, Ian Holm, Emmanuelle Devos, Fabrice Desplechin, Frances Barber, Laszlo Szabo
Eric Gautier
Arnaud Desplechin
Howard Shore
Ray Beckett, Malcom Davies, Herve De Luze, Jon Henson, Nathalie Duerinckx
Alain Sarde, Gregoire Sorlat, Chris Curling, France 2 Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Zephyr Films, Why Not Productions, Empire Pictures

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