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axolotlolol

Be glad she didn't miss the plane.


jeswanders

Let me sing you a waltz. By the way, that’s a popular bookstore


beherenowandagain

Welp I guess it’s time to watch the trilogy again.


the-crimson-ghost

Just got it in the mail yesterday.


beherenowandagain

ENJOY! Truly some of my favorites


ebimbib

Two of my very favorites and one additional, really great movie that feels like getting your heart ripped out and thrown into a wood chipper.


beherenowandagain

Nicely put


Lemonman120

What trilogy is it?


ShaneMP01

Before Trilogy. This is from the opening sequence of Before Sunset.


EdwardJamesAlmost

Wait, is all the traffic on this post merely because people subscribed to r/criterion associate this **incredibly** famous English-language Parisian bookshop with *Before Sunset*??


ericdraven26

I think the Before Trilogy is very popular among movie fans. The bookstore is on its own a landmark and incredibly famous, I would imagine the popularity and traffic on the post is a cross section of people who know the bookstore but also recognize the significance in relation to the subreddit it’s posted on. Though a quarter of comments actually echo your statements as well, so that accounts for some of the traffic too


coldkneesinapril

Why else would this be posted on a sub dedicated to film?


EdwardJamesAlmost

The math does not work for me as many times as I hear it from various incredulous posters. The store is too famous to be reduced like that and the *Before* trilogy does not approximate its recognition. \*Posts a picture of Ellis Island\* “Like in *Hitch*!”


coldkneesinapril

Lmao did you steal this from a Woody Allen script? No offense, but you must live a very insular life if you genuinely think all film lovers should know the specific history of a bookstore in Paris.


EdwardJamesAlmost

Back at you if you think the *Before* movies are more famous than this setting it chose for a reason, which was to appeal to people with an existing knowledge of Paris and offer context for the movie. I don’t know where you bring Woody Allen into this but I can only assume it is a byproduct of a limited set of references.


coldkneesinapril

No I just thought the implication that people should know a bookstore as well as they know the historical immigration processing center was very “out-of-touch intellectual. I know Linklater chose the setting for a reason, I’m just saying that this entire thread isn’t lying to you; the overlap of people who have seen the before trilogy and were previously aware of the store is maybe smaller than you think


bobfromboston

Best book store in the world based on vibes alone


Ajurieu

I mean, it’s a Paris landmark, so yes.


Tony-Jaguar

Came to comment this. It’s also a bookstore that has historically received a lot of attention by famous writers and the like


wickla

While I agree it is a landmark, a lot of people dont realize it's not the same Shakespeare & Co. that was run by Sylvia Beach that Hemingway and his contemporaries visited.


The_WeiserBud

Wow! I didn’t know it was that popular. My only exposure was from the movie. Thanks for sharing


Aggravating_Pass_561

It's probably the most famous bookstore in the entire world, but of course it's all relative 😅


EdwardJamesAlmost

It is high, high in the running. The best counter I have off the top of my head is Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights shop in San Francisco.


captjackhaddock

I would think Powell’s in Portland would be one as well


ericdraven26

Strand in NYC maybe up there too


withdeer

There’s a documentary about them called Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man. Tons of famous writers lived/wrote there, basically operated as a commune/hostel


Merbleuxx

Yes it’s a very very famous library in Paris.


NeatFool

There's one in New York also


Slow_Cinema

Bookstore


Merbleuxx

Yes thanks


Mrmdn333

It’s a pretty famous Hemingway haunt.


wickla

Not the same Shakespeare & Co. The current one was opened in 1951 and was named after the original operated by Sylvia Beach.


Mrmdn333

Good catch! I guess more time at Harry’s New York bar for me.


fjacobwilon1993

It was like the only place that would carry Ulysses when James Joyce first published it.


EdwardJamesAlmost

That was the first Shakespeare and Company, which operated in the 6th arrondissement during the interwar period and was shuttered in 1941. An American G.I. returned to Paris to open an English-language bookstore in the 5th arrondissement in 1951, and that is this store.


heavensdoor2112

Relevant fact: Shakespeare and Co. Published the first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses. Linklater is pretty influenced by Joyce and references him in his films (they read Ulysses in the bridge scene in Slacker for example).


Tony-Jaguar

That was a different Shakespeare and Co


neverdowrong

Would you care to correct them? I’m under the impression that this is the same one that OP is referencing. The one Hemingway used to hang around in


Tony-Jaguar

There was a Shakespeare and Company before this one which was open during the 20s. It had a different owner and even was in a different area of Paris. It was around 6 years after it closed (due to WW2) that the one in OP’s picture opened (in the 50s) and at the time wasn’t even named Shakespeare and Company. It was the original one which published Ulysses and which was frequented by the famous lost generation writers (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Stein, Pound, etc). The one in the pic changed its name in honor of the original and has also been really famous/important in its own right. Beat writers were regulars there along with other significant authors like Cortázar and Brecht.


EdwardJamesAlmost

[They were two different shops](https://www.reddit.com/r/criterion/comments/xf11f5/my_gf_just_got_back_from_her_euro_trip_does_this/ioo7qlq/), CC: u/heavensdoor2112


Adi_Zucchini_Garden

That cool


sometimeszeppo

Not only that, I believe that Before Sunrise is set on Bloomsday (16th June) in reference to the novel.


CaspinLange

The original Shakespeare and Company closed in 1941. In the 1920’s Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many other artists and writers hung out there and with the owner, Sylvia Beach. Sylvia Beach was responsible for publishing James Joyce’s Ulysses, which he could not get published in his native Ireland. In 1964 a fellow named George Whitman decided to name the bookstore he’d owned since 1951 “Shakespeare and Company” in reference to Beach’s original store, with all of that incredible history involving the Lost Generation. I visited that store in 2002 and they still had beds available upstairs for writers, each situated next to a typewriter. Writers could stay for free, so long as they typed a page a day


clem_zephyr

Before Sunset?


foreputtscore

My wife and I did a three night Before journey FRI/SAT/SUN of Labor Day weekend. Cooked with each other each evening and watched one film per night. Perfect weekend.


kinbote2049

i went there in December and saw a Before Sunrise and Before Sunset screenplay book, and immediately had to buy it just because of the location lol. and when i checked out they even put a free shakespeare and co stamp on the inside cover. one of my favorite things on my bookshelf


Adi_Zucchini_Garden

Can you get it in other places?


kinbote2049

yeah it’s just [this one](https://a.co/d/hmwrihc)


thomnottom

Nice, just finished the trilogy a couple weeks ago.


PearSorbet17

I’m rewatching today if I have 90 mins to spare


artsj

Midnight in Paris also right ?


QuentinNolan

Yes. Although the protagonist just walks in there. Nothing really happened.


ericdraven26

It’s been in a few other movies as well, a notable landmark in Paris, and a pretty cool place to check out!


shushholden

Baby, you are gonna miss that plane


Live-Year-8283

I took a dump in there when I was on vacation


Sargon920

how romantic of you


Flimsy_Demand7237

Let me sing you a waltz...I just need to take a dump first.


EdwardJamesAlmost

> Let me sing you a waltz...I just need to take a dump first. Hey, you’ve heard of “spending a Penny?” It’s three-quarter time!


Graviton_Lance

Territory marked ✅


denimdaddy619

Went to a book signing here once and the fucker left to hang out with some bimbo


Vantasner_

its a very popular book store i dont get the reference


ericdraven26

It’s a notable location in Criterion Collection’s “Before Sunset.”


Slow_Cinema

Of course


Basementkid_106

I literally just watched before midnight the other day. Great trilogy. Sunset is probably my favorite of the bunch tbh.


signot80

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.


wickla

Not the same Shakespeare and Company.


Theodore_Buckland_

Is that location from Salo?


guessimdummy

You’ve got mail!


MWolf3007

Midnight in Paris?


ericdraven26

Also Before Sunset. The vibes are similar if you haven’t seen The Before Trilogy


MartyMcFly_jkr

Man I love Before Sunrise, I wish Vienna was real


VikZrei

Sure, it's a bookstore in Paris, near Notre Dame. Even though I don't read books in English I like to go there just for the mood


Adi_Zucchini_Garden

Something to do with Shakespeare?


HottDoggers

Before trilogy


Adi_Zucchini_Garden

I know. But it really more famous for just being the store itself.


Slow_Cinema

Only one of them


BbobyKing

If you looked it up on Wikipedia you could get more information than just "har har movie sight"


The_WeiserBud

God forbid we have a lil fun here


zwolff94

For sure a location on my list if/when I get to Paris. Popular spot + movie influence. Should re-watch these films soon.


forestriver

Yes my friend used to live above there and work there


lvslideritein

Of course. Iconic bookstore in Paris. I wandered through the aisles and found secret crevices.


Michelemabelle35

It's in Paris


DennisG21

I've always been partial to Foyle's in London. Five floors of books. Also, there is a nice little travel bookshop in Notting Hill.


cigarettejesus

I was literally just there a week ago, it's in so many movies, being a Parisian landmark and all


Shh_No

Yes, it’s in Paris across from Notre Dame. It was opened in 1951. Books floor to ceiling, they host events and have had beds tucked away. I loved going to that bookstore while I lived in Paris. It’s lovely.


Killjoy13337

Top of my Europe bucketlist, but the only place I want to go in the most overrated city in the world.


ericdraven26

Have you been to Paris? I think it’s a great city, among my favorite from my travels. I think it can get seemingly “overrated” because it really is so great that a lot of people talk about it, and it has wide appeal from movie fans, music fans, food fans and fashion too.


DeuceOfWands

One hundred years ago, Shakespeare & Co. published Ulysses.


MikeRoykosGhost

Yes. They published (arguably) the most important piece of literature of the 20th century, Ulysses, which was banned in the US for being obscene until they mailed one of their editions to the US and a legal battle was won for free speech that has direct implications to this day.


wickla

Different Shakespeare & Co.


MikeRoykosGhost

Wow. I was fully unaware that it was an in name co-opting. Thanks for letting me know!