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Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man

October 24th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Maybe two years ago, my friend Abe Sutherland popped in a tape at a friends house to show us a movie he said his brother Ben had made. I’ll confess, while I was willing to assume Abe’s extremely high intelligence ran in the family, I went in with a modicum of skepticism: Surely Abe’s high praise was colored by fraternal affection. But it proved to be even better than he’d hinted—a funny and utterly fascinating look behind the curtain at a Paris institution, the eccentric George Whitman’s Shakespeare & Company bookstore. Now, finally, the rest of you can enjoy it as well: Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man has been airing on Sundance this month. Except it now appears to have finished its run for the month; keep an eye out for repeats and your fingers crossed for a DVD.

Tags: Art & Culture



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  • 1 Mark // Jan 29, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    I saw this while it was running on the Sundance Channel, and I’d really love to get a copy of it, even VHS. Is there any word of one being produced, or could you send me a personal copy??

    Keep us posted!