Bookstores and Libraries in Film

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The Biblioteca Filosofica holds an elusive volume on a mysterious architect and alchemist.

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Leigh McCloskey | Irene Miracle | Eleonora Giorgi | Daria Nicolodi
Directed by Dario Argento 1980 | 1 hour 47 minutes

“In many ways, the film walks a tightrope between dream-logic and Fairy Tale. Take for instance the scene where Sara enters the cavernously massive library, looking for Varelli’s book. She walks deep into the book-lined, blue-tinged catacombs, finally asks a decrepit caretaker where the book may be and discovers that it is in fact, directly behind her. This circumstance, in any other film would reek of narrative convenience (the library is MAMMOTH), but here, it only thickens the magical dream atmosphere of everything else around it.” – Art of Darkness: The Cinema of Dario Argento, Chris Gallant (editor), FAB Press, 2000.

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“And the dungeon-like cellar beneath the library, with its blazing fires, bubbling cauldron and ogre-like alchemist-in-residence, is a vision of camp, fantasy medievalism.” – Art of Darkness: The Cinema of Dario Argento, Chris Gallant (editor), FAB Press, 2000.

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