Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

2017, Frederick Wiseman, USA, 197 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 6th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 6th 6:30pm
  • Sat, Oct 7th 2:30pm
  • Sat, Oct 7th 7:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 8th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 9th 6:30pm
  • Wed, Oct 11th 6:30pm
  • Thu, Oct 12th 6:30pm
Chicago premiere!

"In EX LIBRIS, democracy is alive and in the hands of a forceful advocate and brilliant filmmaker, which helps make this one of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling." — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"The hypnotic and thoroughly essential EX LIBRIS stands out as an especially definitive example of — and testament to — Wiseman’s style and mission statement. Never before have his goals as a documentarian so perfectly dovetailed with those of his subject." — David Ehrlich, Indiewire

With this 41st film of his celebrated career, 87-year-old documentary master Wiseman (IN JACKSON HEIGHTS, LA DANSE) brings his breathtakingly expansive humanism and utopian idealism to an in-depth portrait of the New York Public Library, an institution that proves to be as steeped in wisdom and as savvy in its perception of the cultural currents of the times as the filmmaker himself. As Wiseman surveys the fascinating inner workings and public manifestations of the library at its iconic Fifth Avenue Beaux-Arts home base, its 92 branches, and its online community, the democratic ideal of knowledge for all rolls out in diverse and engaging scenarios worthy of a gripping drama, making this one of Wiseman’s all-time best. DCP digital. (BS)

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