The Booksellers

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Booksellers

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime Video

The Pitch: Director/producer/editor D.W. Young takes his camera into the world of antiquarian and rare book dealers in New York City, textually acknowledging that while the act of reading is becoming less popular, there is still a community out there that holds the torch for the ineffable magic contained between the front and back cover of a book.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: “Essential” is probably too strong of a descriptor for this movie, but if you love reading, this documentary will give you a sense of where the industry stands while also providing plenty of shots of gorgeous libraries and a bird’s eye view of the annual New York International Antiquarian Book Fair. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we read a book, hit the like button on what’s left of our dignity, go on a vehicular adventure, hang out with a bunch of survivalist yokels, and wonder what the Bee Girl is up to.

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