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84 Charing Cross Road, a movie for book lovers and letter writers this Thursday, May 17

Posted on: May 15, 2012

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. 

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