The Booksellers

The Booksellers

The Booksellers

Passionate booksellers, New York book stores and the rare book community are the focus of this documentary feature.

Dreamers, intellectuals, eccentrics, these antiquarians play an essential role in preserving the history and future of the printed word. A loving celebration of book culture, the documentary offers a rare glimpse of many unique objects and the obsessive hunt for the next great find; from Da Vinci’s The Codex Leicester (the most expensive book ever sold) to essential early hip-hop documents.

201999 minsUSA
Documentary
Director:
D.W. Young
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Stuff

Stuff

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The eclectic characters and their sometimes labyrinthine book-filled spaces are frequently delightful, anxious to shake the traditional cinematic representation of fusty, tweed-jacketed, leather-patched ageing white man...

Variety

Variety

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The Booksellers is a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream, a magic teleportation device, an object that contains the world.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The Booksellers tends to be a bit too digressive at times, lapsing into many tangents that are never uninteresting but tend to cause it to lose focus. Nonetheless, the film provides an evocative portrait of a way of life that is hopefully not completely vanishing anytime soon.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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One should never try to tell a movie’s fortune, but I suspect that “The Booksellers” will end up preaching to the choir—to those of us who are pathologically incapable of passing a used bookstore without entering.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe

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Will print books ultimately disappear, replaced by digital versions? The ever-entertaining and insightful Fran Lebowitz offers anecdotal evidence to the contrary. She notes that on the subway she sees many people in their 20s reading actual books. So perhaps there is hope a new generation will revive the bound medium.

Stuff

Stuff

press

The eclectic characters and their sometimes labyrinthine book-filled spaces are frequently delightful, anxious to shake the traditional cinematic representation of fusty, tweed-jacketed, leather-patched ageing white man...

Variety

Variety

press

The Booksellers is a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream, a magic teleportation device, an object that contains the world.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The Booksellers tends to be a bit too digressive at times, lapsing into many tangents that are never uninteresting but tend to cause it to lose focus. Nonetheless, the film provides an evocative portrait of a way of life that is hopefully not completely vanishing anytime soon.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

One should never try to tell a movie’s fortune, but I suspect that “The Booksellers” will end up preaching to the choir—to those of us who are pathologically incapable of passing a used bookstore without entering.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe

press

Will print books ultimately disappear, replaced by digital versions? The ever-entertaining and insightful Fran Lebowitz offers anecdotal evidence to the contrary. She notes that on the subway she sees many people in their 20s reading actual books. So perhaps there is hope a new generation will revive the bound medium.

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