Ex Libris
The New York Public Library

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Directed by Frederick Wiseman
2017
USA
197 minutes
All Ages
Multi-award-winning documentarian (including an Honorary Oscar) Frederick Wiseman’s riveting behind-the-scenes look at New York’s Public Library.

A little over fifty years after his ground breaking directorial debut Titicut Follies (1967, SFF 1992), Wiseman is still exploring the many-chambered world of institutions. Following National Gallery (SFF 2014) and At Berkeley (SFF 2014), he turns his attention to the world of libraries. But this isn’t all shelves and volumes – rather it’s a fascinating tour of an establishment determined to maintain its relevance in the 21st century. We encounter passionate readers, welcoming staff, budget-focused administrators and inspiring speakers (including Patti Smith and Elvis Costello). Wiseman films in grand marble foyers, crowded annexes and anonymous meeting rooms, creating a mesmerising portrait of a rich and diverse institution. Now in his late 80s, Wiseman has crafted one of the most compelling films of his extraordinary career.

Frederick Wiseman's next instant classic – Kate Erbland, IndieWire

It is a soaring, Utopian mission in a documentary that builds with intellectual force and deep emotion as it shows, again and again, citizens – interested, questioning, seeking – joining together to listen to one another and to learn from one another. – Manohla Dargis, Financial Review

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Ex Libris - The New York Public Library

Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 3
Sat 9 June
10am—1:17pm
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Ex Libris - The New York Public Library

Dendy Newtown
Sat 16 June
3:30pm—6:47pm
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Ex Libris - The New York Public Library

Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Sun 17 June
12:15pm—3:32pm
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Year
2017
Classification
All Ages
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Frederick Wiseman
Producer
Frederick Wiseman
Cinematographer
John Davey
Program Strand
Company Credits
World Sales: Doc & Film International
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