84 Charing Cross Road, a movie for book lovers and letter writers this Thursday, May 17
Posted May 15, 2012on:
The Murphy Library is showing, 84 Charing Cross Road, a movie for book lovers and letter writers this Thursday. It is rated PG with screenings at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and stars Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench. Running time is 100 minutes.
Helene Hanff (Bancroft) is a struggling writer in New York City who loves to buy books, even on her meager income. When she sees an ad by a London used-bookstore, Marks & Co., she mails them her wish-list, with little hope of success. Then a package of books arrives with a note from Marks & Co.’s book buyer, Frank Doel, (Hopkins) and thus begins a twenty-year correspondence.
If you can’t remember the last time you wrote a letter, this movie could inspire you. Helene’s voice is fast-talking, New York style. If this were a boxing match, she’d be throwing quick jabs. Frank’s rhythm is that of a polite Englishman with a twinkle in his eyes.