Blowing the dust off the covers of New York City’s most venerated booksellers, rare book dealers and collectors, The Booksellers is a love letter to the world of bibliophilia. From jewel-encrusted tomes, rare first editions to one-of-a-kind occult works, D.W. Young’s documentary tumbles down the rabbit hole of the book trade. We hear from generations of booksellers holding onto their businesses in the face of skyrocketing rents and online bookselling behemoths, who contemplate the future of the book as well as celebrate its history. With additional musings from quintessential New Yorker Fran Lebowitz and authors such as Susan Orlean and Kevin Young, this is the pleasurable cinematic equivalent of an idle afternoon spent browsing the shelves of your favourite bookstore.
Why You Should See This Film
A deliberate challenge to the notion that all book dealers are old white men in tweed jackets, The Booksellers offers a diverse range of views on the trade. While there’s still a fair share of pocket squares, waxed moustaches and elbow patches on proud display, we also hear from a passionate younger generation that sees hope for the future of the industry in the digital era, and are keen to shake things up. Pure catnip for any book lover.
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- Year: 2019
- Rating: PG
- Director: D.W. Young
- Cast: Fran Lebowitz, Kevin Young, Susan Orlean
- Duration: 99 minutes
- Language: English