84 Charing Cross Road…film

I love the film 84 Charing Cross Road.  I love the actors, Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins.  And the story…wow, bookstores and books, who could ask for anything more, right?  But the thing I find most interesting is how different the Londoner, Hopkins, is from Bancroft, the American.

The characters in London are so reserved and controlled.  Their every action seems ritualized.  Bancroft’s character, on the other hand is free-wheeling, loud, and she does as she pleases.  I love the way their letters and thoughts play off of each other.  He is so very quiet, soft spoken, and RESERVED, while she mouths off to absolutely everyone, including him.  It’s a beautiful love affair, through letters,  between two people and the books they care about.   They fall in love through each others words.

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9 Responses to 84 Charing Cross Road…film

  1. ksbeth says:

    i’ve always wanted to see this and your post has reminded me to seek it out asap

    • There’s just something about it. Normally it would be too slow for me but it’s not. It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s a perfect film. No filler, no violence, no lags…it’s perfect. The actors, the timing, the script. Everything is necessary and wonderful. When Melanie, from Wordiful (blog), came to visit last summer, we watched it. I had to take her to Barnes to get a copy the next day. LOLOL I hope you get to see and enjoy it. ❤

  2. Just so you can hate me for being a pedant, it’s Charing with one ‘r’. You should read Helene Hanff’s book of their correspondence on which it’s based.

  3. ❤ ❤ ❤ this film as you know! Thank you so much for introducing it to me!

    • I just ordered some of her other books. Can’t wait to read them. I know your copy of the film is packed away. Wish you could watch it again. It actually gets better and better. 🙂 Did you ever get him to watch both REDS?

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