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I just saw a new British film called THE BOOKSHOP, set in the 1950's, about a young widow who decides to open a book store. Much to my surprise and delight, the writing of Ray Bradbury plays a small but important role in the story. The film is excellent, and I highly recommend it!
 
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I thought the same thing when I saw it on Sunday. I think my review convinced at least two Bradbury fans/friends to go see it the next day. What I wrote:

Have you seen it? If not, rush to your nearest arthouse!

Ray B has four major cameos, and I don't just mean shots of his books.

It's clear that the writer or director is a fan (altho I imagine that it's prominent in the novel), because the scenes don't really have anything to do with the story itself, and yet, there they are. Over and over.

Further, I think you might just love this film.


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I just finished reading the novel, THE BOOKSHOP by Penelope Fitzgerald, upon which this film was based. The book is excellent, but doesn't mention Ray Bradbury even once. This means that the repeated references to Ray and his books throughout the film were the creation of the filmmakers, to which I can only say: they have great taste in writers!
 
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High marks to the filmmakers!
 
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This means that the repeated references to Ray and his books throughout the film were the creation of the filmmakers, to which I can only say: they have great taste in writers!

I loved how they snuck him in!


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The wonderful 2018 film THE BOOKSHOP is set in the U.K. in the 1950's, and is about a widow who opens a book store in a small town. As noted in the postings above, the books of Ray Bradbury play a significant part in the story. The link below will take you to a short feature about the making of the film. Ray's books can be seen from about the 20:06 point to the 20:26 mark. THE BOOKSHOP really is a fine film, and is well worth seeking out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-WC60ndP_o
 
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And to see just how the character Edmund Brundish (the fine actor Bill Nighy) feels about Ray Bradbury in THE BOOKSHOP, click on the link below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kjanrC10ig&t=2s
 
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