Book P0rn in the Movies

If you are reading this we have at least one thing in common, you love books as much as I do. I am an advocate of books in any form, however, I will always hold a special place in my heart for print books and the places where they congregate — namely bookstores and libraries.

I have a long list of what I would call my favorite movies. The other day I got to thinking that quite a few of my favorite movies have spectacular book p0rn in them.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. When Indiana Jones first arrives in Venice he is brought to a library to investigate his father’s disappearance. The outside shots of that library were actually the Church of San Barnaba in Venice. The inside shots were filmed at a studio in London. It wasn’t real, but it was awesome.

Ghostbusters. I have to admit that this is one of my all-time favorites. I can recite almost every line by heart and yet I still laugh out loud when I watch it. “Listen, do you smell something?” The first call the Ghostbusters receive is from the New York Public Library. The outside shots were actually filmed at the New York Public Library, but the inside shots were filmed at the Los Angeles Central Library.


The Ninth Gate. Besides the fact that Johnny Depp is in this movie and I love all things Depp, he is also a rare-book dealer. I get the shivers just thinking about it. This whole movie revolved around Depp finding the true copies of a fictional work titled The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows. The movie is rather surreal, but it is filled to the brim with book shops and a complete and over the top reverence for this book.

These are only a few of my favorites. Any other excellent book p0rn in the movies you can name?

6 thoughts on “Book P0rn in the Movies

    • I haven’t seen The Librarian trilogy, I’ll have to check that one out. Oh, and how could I have forgotten the bookstore in You’ve Got Mail? Reminds me of the old Elliott Back Book store when it was on First. I haven’t seen it since it moved to Cap Hill.

      • The Librarian is a cross between Indiana Jones and Warehouse 13, with the front being The Metropolitan Library. Noah Wyle and Bob Newhart 🙂 It’s fun!

        I haven;t been to the book store since it moved either…loved the old store…book heaven!!

      • Thank goodness one of the trilogy is on Amazon Instant! Will probably watch it tonight. I think part of me is still in denial that EB moved. Parking up there is worse than downtown.

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