Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man


In this scene from the French-American feature-length documentary Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man, George Whitman, the owner of Shakespeare and Company bookstore on the Left Bank in Paris, France, burns his hair with a candle to avoid going to a barber who “would fool around for 20 minutes.” George cuddles with two girls who live in his bookshop-commune for writers, poets and travelers, then recites a poem.

The film, produced by Sycomore Films, has been broadcast on The Sundance Channel (United States), RAISAT (Italy), YLE (Finland), Kunstkanaal (the Netherlands), RTBF (Belgium) and The BookTelevision (Canada), among other TV stations. The documentary, directed by Gonzague Pichelin and Benjamin Sutherland, is distributed by Montreal-based Film Option. 
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One thought on “Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man

  1. Dave Lawrence says:

    What a concept! If I ever want my wife to leave me, I’ll cut my hair this way.

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