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Ex Libris: The New York Public Library Rated 12A

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Dir.Frederick Wiseman. USA, 2017. 3h 17m. Starring Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Richard Dawkins, Edmund de Waal, Carolyn Enger, Miles Hodges, Paul Holdengräber.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman goes behind the scenes at the myriad buildings and activities serving under the banner of the New York Public Library. A compassionate fly-on-the-wall film about the people who help run and support this treasured US institution.

‘For the last half-century, Wiseman has never stopped looking outward. But this could be his unwitting self-portrait.’ ★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

‘A film about the importance of cultural history and truth (two things deeply under siege these days), Wiseman's epic Ex Libris might make you cry with happiness; it's the good fight being fought.’ ★★★★★ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out