New Documentary on a Weird & Wonderful Dutch Library Now Free to Stream on Amazon Prime

Boing­Bo­ing recent­ly ran a short pro­file on a new doc­u­men­tary that takes you inside the intrigu­ing Rit­man Library. Locat­ed in Ams­ter­dam, the library hous­es 23,000 rare books from hermetic/esoteric/occult traditions–Alchemy, Her­met­i­ca, Cabala, Mag­ic, Rosi­cru­cian­ism, Mys­tic, Theos­o­phy, Freema­son­ry, Pan­s­o­phy and much more.

You can watch the trail­er for the doc­u­men­tary above. But, even bet­ter, you can now stream the com­plete 90-minute film on Ama­zon Prime for free. If you have an Ama­zon Prime account, just click here to start watch­ing. If you don’t, you can sign up for a 30-day free tri­al, watch the doc, and then decide whether to remain a sub­scriber or not. It’s your call. (Note: they also offer a sim­i­lar arrange­ment for audio­books from Audi­ble.)

The same deal applies to oth­er films we’ve fea­tured dur­ing the past year. Jim Jar­musch’s new doc­u­men­tary Gimme Dan­ger–his “love let­ter” to punk icons Iggy Pop and The Stooges. And also Long Strange Trip, the new 4‑hour doc­u­men­tary on the Grate­ful Dead.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Dis­cov­er the Jacobean Trav­el­ing Library: The 17th Cen­tu­ry Pre­cur­sor to the Kin­dle

The Art of Mak­ing Old-Fash­ioned, Hand-Print­ed Books

Won­der­ful­ly Weird & Inge­nious Medieval Books

Wear­able Books: In Medieval Times, They Took Old Man­u­scripts & Turned Them into Clothes

Free Online Lit­er­a­ture Cours­es

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