An aerial shot from 'Ex Libris: New York Public Library' (2017) Zipporah Films, Inc.
An aerial shot from 'Ex Libris: New York Public Library' (2017) Zipporah Films, Inc.
Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017) Zipporah Films, Inc.

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Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Frederick Wiseman | U.S.A. | 2017 | Unclassified (All Ages)

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One of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world opens its many doors to us in this riveting behind-the-scenes exploration.

In Ex Libris, democracy is alive and in the hands of a forceful advocate and brilliant filmmaker... one of the greatest movies of Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling.

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Screening includes a pre-recorded introduction by Hon. Associate Professor Jane Mills, School of the Arts & Media (UNSW)

With 92 branches across the city, The New York Public Library is a vital resource – and determined to remain so in the 21st century. In this fascinating tour, we encounter passionate readers, archivists and educators, 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. There is no need for talking heads to attest to the value of NYPL’s social and cultural mission: the humble observation of people at liberty to learn, question and interact compellingly states the case – and confirms the importance of libraries everywhere.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Zipporah Films, Inc.
Courtesy: Zipporah Films, Inc.
Duration: 197 min


197 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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