We’ve worked with Greenwich Entertainment, the distributor of THE BOOKSELLERS, to make it possible for you to see the film — and your ticket helps support the Belcourt. For $9.99, you can purchase a ticket for THE BOOKSELLERS — and you’ll have a 3-day / 72-hour window to watch it. Greenwich Entertainment will share a portion of your ticket payment with the Belcourt. Please note that this arrangement, in these unprecedented times, means we’re unable to offer member pricing. Thanks for your understanding and support. And if you’d like to consider an additional donation to the Belcourt, we’d be most grateful. You can do so here. Note: You can watch on your desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast or AirPlay. If you prefer to watch on another device, check here for more information.
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, detective, and businessperson. Their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle, and each plays an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside a rarefied world populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.
The film spotlights some of the most important dealers in the business—alongside prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers such as Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, Kevin Young and Gay Talese. Both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the industry’s future, the film examines technology’s impact on the trade, the importance of books as physical objects, the decline of used and rare bookstores, collecting obsessions, and the relentless hunt for the next great find.
Featuring a rare glimpse of unique and remarkable objects, including the most expensive book ever sold, Da Vinci’s “Codex Leicester”; handwritten Borges manuscripts; jeweled bindings; books bound in human flesh; essential early hip-hop documents; accounts of polar expeditions published with samples of real wooly mammoth fur; and many more.
"Lovely and wistful...invites us to dote on the tactile mystery of old books — the elegance of the print...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 “Eccentricity and charm abound… Testifies that a long overdue diversification is beginning finally to take place. Women are getting more recognition in the industry, as are people of color.” —Jennifer Szalai, New York Times “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, Globe and Mail “The movie opens by saying that books are not just an escape; they are a way of being fully human. I’m confident the basic urge they satisfy will never age.” —Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
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