What Gift did 84 Charring Cross Road Give Me?

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It is hard to look back at the movies you loved to see what influenced your life the most. I am a huge movie fan so there were so many movies that would fit that description.

I have always been the type of person to tie a movie in with a book it came from or that inspired the author. So for me a love reading and movies went hand in hand.

However there was a movie that I saw when I was in college that would have a deep influence on my love reading. That movie was 84 Charring Cross Road, Produced by Mel Brooks, Starring Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench.

 

 

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Before the movie I already had a love of English literature.  I grew up reading Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Chaucer and Charles Dickens. I had my own vision of England from these books, and I was intrigued by all of it. One of my dreams was to walk around Bath to see the places of both Jane Austen and Agatha Christie.

Then I saw this movie and I fell in love with John Donne and English Poetry. Also I became fascinated by the streets of London. I wanted to walk the same that Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench walked.

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When I finally got there I thought of the movie and of course I went to 84 Charring Cross Road.  It was a Pub then but they had a plaque on the wall. I touched it and thought of all the people connected with that beloved movie.

I walked the streets of London, Bath, Stratford and stood by Stonehenge.  Some dreams do come true. And this one did come true for me. I cherish it.