Books and letters (and a film about both!)

I thought I might close out this letter writing week with a film recommendation …a film about letters and about wonderful books (what could be better?).

84 Charing Cross Road is a long-time favorite of mine. Released in 1987, the film stars Anne Bancroft as the New York writer Helene Hanff, and  Anthony Hopkins who plays Frank Doel, the manager of B Marks & Cohen Books in London. Judi Dench plays Frank’s wife. It’s a wonderful cast!

Beginning in 1949, the film depicts a twenty-year correspondence between Helene and Frank as Helene seeks out literary works that are not available in the nearby NYC bookstores. Frank and his co-workers at Marks & Co become an extended family to Helene, as she does to them. The film is a quiet one – filled with book suggestions, views of New York and London and some quirky behaviour too.

The film is based on Helene Hanff’s book 84, Charing Cross Road, which we have a copy of in the Marshburn Library. Unfortunately, we don’t have a copy of the film in our collections but it’s a good one to add to your borrowing lists (and if you are a nearby friend, you can ask to borrow one of my copies – as I have wound up with two!).

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