Sunday, August 28, 2016

Crossing Delancey

I saw Crossing Delancey around when it came out back in the late 80s. It's about Isabel, a sort of sophisticated, literary woman on the upper west side who works at a fancy bookstore and has a crush on an arrogant and famous European novelist.

Her grandmother lives on the Lower East Side, which is presented as another world. Her grandmother is concerned about when Isabel will marry, and consults a matchmaker who sets Isabel up with a guy who owns the big neighborhood pickle store. Isabel has to deal with her own snobbishness as she initially rejects him and eventually begins to like him. I enjoyed Crossing Delancey, in part for nostalgic reasons, but it annoyed me how dismissive she was of the pickle man.

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