Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. 2017. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. 197 minutes.

Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman, recipient of an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Oscar® in 2016, now brings his unparalleled powers of observation behind the scenes of one of the world’s great institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of New York City’s library system. The NYPL is blessed with a uniquely passionate staff and devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. Wiseman’s 42nd film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange, and intellectual creativity that is in no way displaced or diminished by the wonders of the modern digital era.

“Frederick Wiseman’s next instant classic.” Kate Erbland, IndieWire

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