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Stone Reader (2002)
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Starring: Carl Brandt, Frank Conroy, Bruce Dobler, Robert C.S. Downs, Robert Ellis
Director: Mark Moskowitz
Category: Drama, Documentary, Independent
Studio: New Yorker
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Length:
128 mins

 
 

 

The film that brought a great American novel back to life.

Stone Reader is a constantly absorbing and moving film about the power of books to change our lives and one man's passionate search to solve a real-life literary mystery.

In 1972, Mark Moskowitz, the aged 18, read a rave review of a novel called The Stones of Summer. He bought it but couldn't get past the first few pages. Twenty-five years later he tried again, and this time fell in love with it.

Looking for other works by author Dow Mossman, he found no mention of either Mossman or his novel, which was long out of print. Thus begins one of the most enthralling mystery stories of recent years.

Travelling the country, he befirends critics, agents, and editors in the quest to discover how such a well-received book and it's author could have vanished completely from the scene. And while the journey is unusually cinematic, often hilariously funny, and ultimately poignant, it is also a riveting reminder of how some stories are so potent that people change their lives forever seeking the source.

 
 
   
   

 
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