Ex Libris: New York Public Library
3hr 17min DIRECTOR: Frederick Wiseman TUESDAY FILM SERIES
In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2016), the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world's greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC's library system. The NYPL is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. The film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange, and intellectual creativity.
One of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman's extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling.Manohla Dargis, New York Times
This institutional study morphs into a story about people. You, in the audience, become one of them. And you walk away all the better for it.K. Austin Collins, The Ringer
Graceful and all-embracing ...Anthony Lane, New Yorker