84 Charing Cross Road movie plot

2022-04-08 08:01
In January 1969, American writer Helene Hanff Hailian lives in New York. She loves English literature, but 20 years ago, when she was young, her income was limited and she could not buy books in large quantities. She had to read several classic works in her hand repeatedly to satisfy her curiosity. By chance, she came across an ad in a magazine for a second-hand bookstore in England with books she hadn't been able to find anywhere in New York. So she managed to get in touch with Frank, the owner of the bookstore, and kept a correspondence. Slowly, the buyer-seller relationship turned into a personal exchange, in which they expressed literary views in letters, commented on literary works, and later exchanged their living conditions. Frank's letter is restrained, while Heleni's letter is straightforward and humorous. Heleni is determined to meet Frank in London, but the financial constraints make it difficult for her to do so. She finally fulfilled her promise, but it was too late: the bookstore closed immediately after Frank's death and was facing an auction. 
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  • Corene 2022-04-22 07:01:58

    If you happen to pass by 84 Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me.I owe it so much.

  • Hilton 2022-04-22 07:01:58

    Eve is really good at writing, not as good as reading books. The screenwriter also vaguely added a bit of love, so as not to make the work too monotonous and mediocre

84 Charing Cross Road quotes

  • Mary Doel, Aged 4: [family outing on a dismal afternoon] Why does it always rain at the seaside, Daddy?

    Frank P. Doel: What?

    Mary Doel, Aged 4: Why does it always rain at the seaside?

    Frank P. Doel: [cheerfully pondering] Why does it rain at the seaside? To bring the rents down in the hotels.

    [big laugh]

  • Helene Hanff: [reading from John Donne's "Meditations"] "All mankind is... one volume; when one man dies, one Chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every Chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand... shall bind up all our scattered leaves again, for that Library where every book shall lie open to one another."

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