Monday, February 13, 2006


Sometimes it is wonderful to just sit quietly and watch a good movie without explosions or intrigue of the dastardly sort, but intrigue of the heart and head as you get to know someone. This is what the movie 84 Charing Cross Road does without being a romance, which is absolutely wonderful.

It stars Anne Bancroft as an American writer Helen Hanff who sparks up a correspondence with bookseller Frank P. Doel who is played by Anthony Hopkins. Helen is in New York City and Frank is in London, England. Through their letters and his sending Helen books, we see the friendship grow and sparkle and the people learn how to be friends long distance.

84 Charing Cross Road is based upon a true story and it has the feel of something that could be true. There isn't any romance possible, because of the distance, but at the same time there is a deep love involved between these two people, and actually the entire book shop because as acquaintances grow they tend to pull in other people.

If you want a good story, and good acting without having to figure something out (I know, it doesn't happen too often, but it is fun when it does), then watch this movie.

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