The Booksellers

The Booksellers

DVD - 2020 | Widescreen version
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A behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2020]
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: 002.075 BOO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1


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You're looking at a best-of list from a library, so it goes without saying that you need to see this film. Recommended by Adam.

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SkokieStaff_Sharon Aug 18, 2020

This documentary covers a lot of territory, delving into the history, present, and future of the rare book business in New York. The interviewees, which include dealers, collectors, and auctioneers, share engaging stories. They talk about why they got started in the trade, what they love about co... Read More »

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Mar 21, 2021

Good documentary inviting discussion about the purpose, role, art of the book trade.

Feb 18, 2021

a marvelous view of a hidden gem of NYC -- the independent booksellers of 4th Ave.

A schoolmate of mine in high school had a father of the main NYU bookstore, who took me to some of the classic stores like Strand... Very nostalgic!

Jan 27, 2021

Nice. Liked it very much! Interesting people throughout this film.

Jan 04, 2021

I love books, I love libraries, and I love bookstores, so I thought I would enjoy this documentary. I was wrong. I was so incredibly bored that I shut it off after 10 min, which is nearly a record for me.

Nov 18, 2020

If you are interested in old books, antiques, or collecting of any kind you will likely be intrigued by this documentary. It gives perspectives from various antiquarian book dealers and collectors, on the ways that their trade has changed over time. It is a bit slow at times (to be expected from the theme of the film) and focuses mainly on dealers and collectors from New York City. What I enjoyed the most was getting a peek inside some of the impressive collections and stores that were included.

Oct 05, 2020

I love books much the same way that these booksellers do. I have some antiquarian items and used to love digging thru book sales to find treasures. Growing up as an only child on a farm, books transported me daily. The documentary is a bit slow at times, but if you are a book lover, I think you would enjoy it. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 17, 2020

What an outstanding documentary! This great film, combined with interviews and footage of classic book stores shared the changing times of the value of the physical book from the early days until now. Maybe it's just me, but I still enjoy the visual experience of reading a physical book. Enjoy!

May 15, 2020

While the main point of the documentary is to appreciate lots of kinds of bookstores and types of books themselves, the view of the movie is extremely narrowed. You only observe the antiquarian/rare booksellers of a certain part of New York City (and it's history). In that regard, I wish the title had been less the all encompassing "Booksellers" and more something like "Classic NYC Bookshop Scene". It was slow moving and meandering, if heartfelt and sincere with the value and appreciation for the scene. This movie felt very niche, even for me, a bookseller.


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