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Virtual Cinema: The Booksellers

A behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world.
(NR, 99 min.)

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Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. The Booksellers takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. [Metacritic]

Director: D.W. Young
Genre: Documentary

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"[A] delightful homage..."

— Ella Taylor, NPR

"A treat for anyone who appreciates the printed word."

— Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"'The Booksellers' is a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream, a magic teleportation device, an object that contains the world."

— Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"[A] charming documentary about the book world - or more specifically the book-as-object world, with antiquarian booksellers trying to reinvent themselves and their industry in a digital era."

— Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

"'The Booksellers' shares a few of those stories and a little of that learning. And I have to tell you: It feels really good to be roaming those aisles of bookshelves again, even if it's just through a screen."

— Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times

"Pays warm-hearted tribute to the reading, but also the shopping, the rifling, the obsessing, the complaining, the dreaming, the list-making, the shelf-organizing, and everything else book-lovers love to do."

— Elizabeth Weitzman, TheWrap

"I am, admittedly, its ideal viewer – I own enough books to last me several lifetimes – but that doesn’t change the fact that The Booksellers is a lovely documentary – contemplative and captivating. I finished the film and felt compelled to turn off the screen and pick up a book."

— Mark Medley, The Globe and Mail

"The Booksellers is a documentary for people who treasure the sheer look and feel of books. It is for anyone who has ever spent way too much time in used and rare bookstores teetering on tall ladders or squeezing through narrow, tome-filled aisles in search of that most precious of commodities: the book you didn’t know you needed until you found it – or, to be more precise, it found you."

— Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor