Last night, I called time-out for myself and grabbed a stack of old magazines,
a pair of scissors, poured a glass of wine, lit my favourite candle and enjoyed watching
'84 Charing Cross Road' ...all over again.
The story is based on a book by Helene Hannff written in 1970.
It was made into a stage play, television play and the movie that I refer to here.
It has a sterling cast,
Anthony Hopkins as Frank Doel a quiet and endearing Englishman.
Anne Bancroft as Helene Hannff a smart 'brassy' New Yorker.
Judi Dench as Nora Doel, a quiet soft spoke wife with an Irish lilt.
Ian McNeice as Bill Humphries, Frank's efficient co-worker.
Those of you who are followers of Doc Martin would recognise
Ian McNeice, he plays the character Burt Large.
Roll back the years and there you have it...1949-1968,
Frank in an antiquarian bookshop, Marks & Co in London and
Helene in Manhattan, New York. Letters are shared, books are posted
across the pond, birthday gifts and Christmas packages soon follow....
there is joy, there is laughter and I admit the tissue box came out a few times too.
My Thursday evening, nothing too exciting....just what I needed.
For those of you who are new to '84 Charing Cross Road'...
I recommend you read the book first. When you are done with both the book and the movie,
move on to The Duchess of Bloomsbury by Helene Hannff. :)
|It makes for a great gift too!|
I leave you with best wishes for the weekend and wondering
on friendships. I often explain to people who are not familiar
with blogging that is similar to 'pen pals'...we write back and forth,
we often share gifts...and if we are lucky, friendships are made.
Are we that different from Helene and Frank?
top image: UK movieposte, book image via me,
bottom image via You Tube as noted in movie clip.