A fascinating and amusing glimpse into a magical world of first editions.

UK Jewish Film and JW3 have now made it easier to get your cinema fix from home. Every fortnight we'll offer a hand-picked film from somewhere in the world along with an introduction from a special guest. 

In this edition you can enjoy a much lauded, delightful new documentary, released this week. Books have been an inseparable part of what makes us human for centuries, and, because of that, have persistently defied expectations of their demise in an increasingly digitised world. Meet some of the obsessives who have made their bibliophile inclinations their life’s pursuit: antiquarian booksellers and collectors, many of whom are Jewish, who admire books for the ideas they contain but, admittedly, their covers, too.

Executive produced by Parker Posey and featuring Jewish authors Fran Lebowitz and Susan Orlean, The Booksellers is a fascinating and amusing glimpse into a magical world of first editions, rare dust jackets and not-so-rare tweed jackets.  

Eccentricity and charm abound in this documentary about the rare book world

New York Times

The Booksellers is a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream, a magic teleportation device, an object that contains the world

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