Monday, March 19, 2018

Great Moments in Movie Shelves #138

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I mean to watch it again but I wasn't nuts about Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck when I saw it at the New York Film Festival last fall - of course you're seeing so many movies piled on top of one another in that situation who's really to say? 

(I mean I saw it just a couple of days after I saw Call Me By Your Name the first - and second - time; how was I supposed to be paying attention to anything else?) But one thing that I did unreservedly love about the movie was all of its NYC location shooting...

... it is really an ode to a New York that already feels half gone; one I love. The one of the dusty dioramas of the Queens Museum and the Natural History, and the one of these old cramped bookstores, books piled to the sky, nobody around but you and books about to topple on your damn head and bury you. Absolutely magical.

I can't find the location of this exact bookshop anywhere though - if anybody knows please share in the comments! I'd love to make a trek; these places are getting further apart  and far between these days. Oh and hey look, Todd Haynes snuck in a Bob Dylan cameo:


2 comments:

sugarwolf said...

That looks like Westsider Books on Broadway between 80th and 81st.

Shawn McGuire said...

The film isn’t great, but it’s certainly not bad. It’s a sweet film. Saw it at SF MOMA. Christine Vachon was there. Love her. She was really plugging the costume designing by Sandy Powell. I think there was a lot built into the clothes thematically, but I didn’t get it if there was.