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.