Archive for the ‘Film & Television’ Category


Win tickets to the Movies That Matter Festival!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

This year’s Movies That Matter Festival takes place in The Hague from March 20th until March 26th.  The Movies that Matter Foundation, an initiative of Amnesty International, organises wide-ranging film programs in which human rights take center stage.  You can find this year’s full program here – from 12 Years a Slave to Dirty Wars to Hannah Arendt to Viva Cuba Libre and many, many more.

We are giving away 3×2 tickets to any movie* on the program!

All you have to do is mail win@abc.nl and let us know what your favorite book-based movie is.  Please put ‘Movies that Matter’ in the subject of your email.

We will hold the prize draw and contact the winners on Tuesday, March 18th, and tickets must be picked up at ABC The Hague (at the Information Desk).

*Any movie?  Yes, any movie!  You DO still have to make reservations for the movie of your choice once you get your ticket, though.

Receive an ABC discount at Rialto’s Cracking the Frame presentation

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Rialto film theater presents Cracking the Frame, a special program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art-related documentaries and artists’ films.

Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.

Each film has not been theatrically released in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

On March 19th, at 19.30 hrs, Cracking the Frame presents Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.  ABC Card holders get a €2,- discount for this special screening of the award-winning documentary: € 7 instead of € 9!

About Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

Directed by Pratibha Parmar, 2013, 84 min., in English with no subtitles.

“Activism is the rent I pay to live on this planet.” – Alice Walker

This award-winning documentary examines the life of author, artist and activist Alice Walker.  Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 1982 novel The Color Purple (ebook), made into a feature film by Steven Spielberg.

Born in poverty in 1944, the 8th child of sharecroppers, the film follows Walker’s life from her difficult upbringing in the midst of racism and political unrest to her becoming one of the most successful – and controversial – American female writers, and a revered icon for civil rights activists, black feminists and gay rights advocates.

Starkly independent and outspoken, Alice Walker has been recognized as a key architect of the US Civil Rights movement and of the American feminist movement and has never ceased leading a life of passionate commitment to progressive causes.

The film explores Walker’s relationship with her mother, ex-husband and daughter, her participation in the Civil Rights Movement and the different themes that are inherent to her writing and to her public campaigns.

Containing interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones and many other of Walker’s friends and collaborators, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth narrates the compelling and inspiring life of a truly extraordinary woman.

“Alice Walker is one of the great thinkers of our time, and has changed the lives of so many women with her ideas – this rich and honest film tells a story that we all need to hear.”- Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre UK

ABC’s Gift Ideas: Fiction, Film/TV, Foreign Languages

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The gift-giving season is upon us – hooray!

The ABC Staff has rummaged through their sections and order lists, and come up with another year’s worth of wonderful gift ideas for you: from fiction to history to cookbooks to children’s books to travel to non-books and onwards.

In a series of blog posts and recommendation lists throughout the coming month, you will find what we think will make great gifts, whether you celebrate Sinterklaas, Christmas or just like giving books to people. And since we’re a bookstore, these posts will be alphabetical by subject. :-)

Today you’ll find gift ideas for Fiction, Film/TV and Foreign Languages as picked out by section buyers Renate, Simone, Ester and Tom. Bear in mind that this is just the tip of the iceberg – come to either one of our stores to browse many, many more titles in any of these subjects.

We are ready as ever to be your personal shoppers again this year, and hope you will find our selections useful and inspiring!

You can find our gift ideas from previous years here (scroll down a bit pas 2013), and be sure to have a look at our ABC Favorites, too.

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This Just In: Film

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Five Recently-Arrived Titles from the Film & TV Section:

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

EBook available for Ryan Gosling: Hollywood’s Finest.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Hitchcock…

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

…but were afraid to ask.

By Jilles, Film Buyer at ABC Amsterdam


I was, am, and always will be, a great Hitchcock fan. His movies are like a visit from an old friend who always knows how to cheer you up with a story, be it a good day or a bad day. And it seems I am not the only one. Almost 33 years after his death, books are still published about him and his body of work. These last couple of weeks three new titles have been published to let us know that even beyond the grave, Hitch is still entertaining his audience.

The first one is The Making of Hitchcock’s The Birds by Tony Lee Moral and features new interviews with stars Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, and Veronica Cartwright, as well as sketches and storyboards from Hitchcock’s technical team, Robert Boyle, Albert Whitlock, and Harold Michelson. Using unpublished material from the Alfred Hitchcock Collection, Evan Hunter’s files, Peggy Robertson’s (Hitch’s assistant) papers, this is the ultimate guide to Hitchcock’s most ambitious film that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The second one is Alfred Hitchcock’s Moviemaking Master Class, coming out this month. In this Moviemaking Master Class, Hitchcock author and aficionado Tony Lee Moral takes you through the process of making a motion picture, Hitchcock-style. Hitchcock wasn’t only the “Master of Suspense,” he was also an innovator of storyboarding, directing, framing, editing, and marketing. This book tells it all.

The third title is Strangers on a Train: a Queer Classic by Jonathan Goldberg. This Hitchcock thriller based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr. Ripley) is about two men who meet on a train: one is a man of high social standing who wishes to divorce his unfaithful wife, and the other is an enigmatic bachelor with an overbearing father. Together they enter into a murder plot that binds them to one another, with fatal consequences. This book delves into the obvious homoerotic energy of the film and builds on the question of the sexuality the film puts on view to explore the queer relations between sexuality and murder and the strong antisocial impulses those relations represent.

Other books about Hitchcock we have in stock are Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello, The Dark Side of Genius by Donald Spoto, Hitchcock’s Films Revisited by Robin Wood, and The Art of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto.

And after reading these books there’s no better idea than staying home one evening and watching some of his amazing classics again. Enjoy! You can find these titles on the first floor of our Film section in Amsterdam.