It was just fabulous to go and see a movie again recently, and what a good choice I made for my first post-Covid film! I went to see the documentary film The Booksellers about rare-book dealers in the USA.
The film consisted of interviews, anecdotes, scenes from the New York Annual Rare Book Fair, and wonderful quotes about the joy of books. I adored every minute of it and laughed often. The booksellers were quirky, devoted to the printed word, often oddly dressed, and just so knowledgeable about books and their scarcity / value / provenance. The movie gave me so much to think about.
Some of the booksellers felt the rare-book market was dying, others were full of optimism. I found it fascinating to learn that young people on the New York subway are more likely to be reading a physical book than a Kindle, I was gobsmacked by what Bill Gates paid for a Leonardo da Vinci Codex, and I was thrilled to see a cover of the Peacock edition of Pride and Prejudice in the first five minutes of the film – you just know it’s going to be a good film when you see that! The movie made me feel so normal – that wanting to collect various editions of Jane Austen, or books about Pepys, or all of Trollope’s novels, or the complete works of L.M. Montgomery or Georgette Heyer is actually a perfectly sensible ambition, and actually extremely cheap in comparison with some of the collecting aims expressed in the film.
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Do give yourself a treat and see this gorgeous film!