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Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.


  • Parker Posey
  • Fran Lebowitz
  • Gay Talese
  • Susan Benne
  • David Bergman
  • Adina Cohen
  • Justin Croft
  • James Cummins
  • Jim Cummins
  • Dennis M. David

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Apr 9, 2020

Will print books ultimately disappear, replaced by digital versions? The ever-entertaining and insightful Fran Lebowitz offers anecdotal evidence to the contrary. She notes that on the subway she sees many people in their 20s reading actual books. So perhaps there is hope a new generation will revive the bound medium.

Metacritic review by Peter Keough
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
Mar 5, 2020

Indeed, this year’s Antiquarian Book Fair is celebrating its 60th anniversary at the Armory right now. And after seeing “The Booksellers,” you’ll be a lot more likely to think about how to get there, and maybe a little less inclined to place that next easy order on Amazon.

Metacritic review by Elizabeth Weitzman
Elizabeth Weitzman
Mar 4, 2020

The Booksellers tends to be a bit too digressive at times, lapsing into many tangents that are never uninteresting but tend to cause it to lose focus. Nonetheless, the film provides an evocative portrait of a way of life that is hopefully not completely vanishing anytime soon.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter