Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (12A)

Ex Libris

Master of the long-form documentary, Frederick Wiseman zooms in on New York’s library in this masterful and critically acclaimed achievement.

With his polished, calm and observant style, Frederick Wiseman focuses on the New York Public Library, which of course means that the film is more about people than books.

From managerial discussions about ebooks, to public lectures with Richard Dawkins and Patti Smith, and to job application courses in the city’s more vulnerable neighborhoods – everything is of equal importance for a library in the service of the citizens.

There aren’t many filmmakers who push their career to new heights at the age of 88 – it may even be the powerful film from the legendary director of such documentary classics as Titicut Follies, National Gallery and In Jackson Heights.

US 2017 Dir Frederick Wiseman 197 min

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