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Film Review: Harry Mount: Hello, Bookstore (PG)

Arts | By Harry Mount




Had enough of films about Marvel comics, misery and death, punctuated with sex and swearing? Can’t face Indiana Jones going through the motions in his eighties or Mission Impossible, Part 93? Well, here is the charming film for you. Hello, Bookstore is the swearword- free, heart-warming story of The Bookstore, a bookshop in Lenox, Massachusetts. For 47 years, it’s been run by Matt Tannenbaum, now 77. What a gift he is to director, A B Zax. Here is a wide-eyed, enthusiastic bookshop-owner who actually loves books – the polar opposite of heroically grumpy Dylan Moran in the British TV series, Black Books. With no pretension, Tannenbaum remembers great tracts of Henry V and Laurie Lee, suddenly declaiming them to the camera and his rapt customers. He isn’t a show-off – more an exile to the world of words from his New York youth, where he worked as a ‘young stoner’...

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