directed by Joan Micklin Silver, 1988, USA, 97 minutes
“I tried very hard to get work; I could get work as a writer but not as a director. At that point in time, women directors just didn’t get jobs. I remember going to see one producer from one of the studios, and he said to me, ‘Feature films are expensive to make and expensive to market and women directors are one more problem we don’t need.’”
—Joan Micklin Silver
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Crossing Delancey (1988) is a pleasant, intelligent romantic comedy, cleverly and tightly written and winningly acted, which presents some very old Jewish–and by now, universal–values in a most refreshing, contemporary way, blending humor and pathos, wit and romance. It affirms the traditional values of marriage and companionship without being preachy, moralistic, or corny.