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Bookstores in Movies – 7

15 June 2019

84 Charing Cross Road

From IMDB:

1949 marks the beginning of the nineteen year (1949 to 1968) unconventional and long distance love affair between Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) and Frank P. Doel (Sir Anthony Hopkins). Straightforward Helene is an aspiring New York City-based writer who works as a script editor. She is a voracious reader, especially of non-fiction. Frank is the efficient and knowledgeable head clerk at Marks & Co., a second-hand bookstore located at 84 Charing Cross Road in London. Unable to find the out of print books she wants at New York City bookstores without having to pay an arm and a leg, which she can’t afford, she writes to Marks & Co. hoping they can fill her order at reasonable prices. Frank and the bookstore staff are able to provide Helene most of what she wants at more than reasonable prices including shipping. As such, she provides them with standing orders for more and more books. But as time goes on, their correspondence not only deals with Helene’s orders, but what is happening in their lives and in the world around them, Frank’s, which includes his loving marriage to his wife Nora (Dame Judi Dench) and their two children. Helene dreams one day of being able to travel to London to meet Frank and the other Marks & Co. staff, the people who have been able to fulfill a great need in her life.

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4 Comments to “Bookstores in Movies – 7”

  1. I’ve seen all the posted films except The Bookshop (which I must seek out now). I love 84 Charing Cross and have seen it several times. There was a time all we romance-loving gals were watching and talking about Crossing Delancey (and, interestingly, loving the pickle guy and not particularl loving the mc, which reminded me of the romance boards reaction to OUTLANDER, wbere Jaime got big love and Claire less so.)

  2. “long distance love affair between Helene Hanff (Anne Bancroft) and Frank P. Doel (Sir Anthony Hopkins).”

    Huh? I haven’t seen the movie, but I read the book. There was no “love affair” between Helene Hanff and Frank Doel, at least not in any normal connotation of “love affair.”

    They never even met, and, as the paragraph mentions, Doel “had a loving marriage.”

    The person who wrote that summary of the film at IMDB ought not to review movies he can’t understand.

    • Me, too – read the book, haven’t seen the movie.

      But I have no trouble believing that the screenwriters interpolated a love affair.

  3. A rather belated comment – and not specific to this post – but why no “You’ve Got Mail”? Not one but two bookshops and it spends a lot longer in bookshops than most of the other movies. (I don’t even remember a normal bookshop in “The Ninth Gate”, though it may be there for a short time.)

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