Bookwars 2000 PG-13 CC

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The gritty world of New York City street booksellers told in a remarkable story that chronicles their lives, loves and their unique perspectives on life.

Starring:
Peter Whitney, Rick Sherman
Runtime:
1 hour, 18 minutes

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Genres Documentary, Comedy
Director Jason Rosette
Starring Peter Whitney, Rick Sherman
Supporting actors Marvin, Everett Shapiro, Polish Joe, Al Mappo, Margueritte, Ron Harris, Jason Rosette, Zachary Aptekar, Thomas Dukleth, Allen Eisenberg, David Manso, Paul Rickert
Studio Camerado
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heli0tr0pe on June 20, 2007
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I lived downtown in the Village and went to NYU around the time this doc was filmed, so I can tell you how perfectly director/narrator J Rosette captures the freewheeling vibe of the time...that is, before Mayor Giuliani's major sanitizing of the streets really took hold in the late '90s. "BookWars" is a gritty, moving and often hilarious time capsule/cityscape.

If you love reading books and/or New York City, see this movie! I'd heard about it but missed it - really incredible. I'm glad I took a chance, and glad there's a way to see unique movies like this through Unbox.
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Somehow the director and writer managed to take a very interesting story about truly interesting people and rendered it into a long monotonous diatribe festooned with poor literary allusions that promises but fails to deliver a coherent narrative.

The director promises sizzle but the narrative dissipates because the director is forcing it to fit into a narrative of one group's struggle against the City. That just doesn't work. That is not to say that there wasn't harassment. The late 90s Giuliani era was unfriendly to Street Vendors and anyone else who was considered to be at the lower end of the social spectrum.

The problem is you would never know it from watching this film as the director lacks focus. The worst part is that even though we are introduced to other booksellers they end up rarely heard from and the viewer is just left with the feeling that the film is half-completed.

A poor choice, since the characters and people we meet are rather vivid. Instead, we hear the director opine in faux-Kerouac style. We get it. These people are cool in your eyes. Why don't you just let them tell their story next time? I, for one, would have loved to have more time spent with the Grumpy Bookseller. That guy was awesome.
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Being a lover of books, the name of the movie caught my eye. Although I was completely unaware of this movie's very existance until I found it on Unbox, I decided to take a chance and rent it. The movie starts-off with a very brief lead into how the narrator actually became a street bookseller himself and he introduces us to the other booksellers out on the street with him. You also get a look at the customers they do business with and how they get the books they sell.

In "Bookwars", you actually get to see the booksellers as human beings, not as anonymous faces behind a table. You learn a bit about their marketing strategies (e.g. wrapping a book in plastic to make it more appealing to a potential buyer) and how they determine what kinds of books they will sell, etc.

This movie gives an informative and, occasionally, entertaining look into a way of life that most Americans - including most New Yorkers - have not been exposed to in-depth.

Overall, a good film which I will rent again in the future.
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