USA | 2019 | 99 mins
- Director: D.W. Young
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.
an evocative portrait of a way of life that is hopefully not completely vanishing anytime soon.
THE BOOKSELLERS dives into the fascinating world of rare book dealers and collectors. Dreamers, intellectuals, eccentrics, these antiquarians play an essential role in preserving the history and future of the printed word. A loving celebration of book culture, the documentary offers a rare glimpse of many unique objects and the obsessive hunt for the next great find; from Da Vinci’s The Codex Leicester (the most expensive book ever sold) to essential early hip-hop documents.
Featuring interviews with such luminaries as Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, Gay Talese, and going behind the covers with a range of rare book dealers, collectors, and booksellers from such stores as The Strand, THE BOOKSELLERS is a special treat for anyone in love with the written word.
Will print books ultimately disappear, replaced by digital versions? The ever-entertaining and insightful Fran Lebowitz offers anecdotal evidence to the contrary. She notes that on the subway she sees many people in their 20s reading actual books. So perhaps there is hope a new generation will revive the bound medium.