Joan Micklin Silver's "Crossing Delancey" (1988) offers a positive portrayal of an elderly woman. Amy Irving is the star of the movie but Reizl Bozyk has a major role as Irving's matchmaker grandmother. By the way, I recommend this unpretentiously enjoyable movie to anyone who hasn't seen it (it's probably not worth seeing twice, but certainly once). John Schlesinger's "Madame Sousatzka" (1988) offers a mostly positive portrayal of a sort of elderly woman played by Shirley Maclaine. This is another enjoyable if not brilliant film. Mary Kalfatovic, Washington, D.C.