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Ex Libris: New York Public Library (2017)

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (original title)
A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

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Frederick Wiseman
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Credited cast:
Ta-Nehisi Coates ... Self
Elvis Costello ... Self
Richard Dawkins ... Self
Edmund de Waal Edmund de Waal ... Self
Carolyn Enger Carolyn Enger ... Self
Miles Hodges Miles Hodges ... Self
Paul Holdengräber Paul Holdengräber ... Self
Yusef Komunyakaa Yusef Komunyakaa ... Self
Anthony Marx Anthony Marx ... Self
Khalil Gibran Muhammad Khalil Gibran Muhammad ... Self
Candace Broecker Penn Candace Broecker Penn ... Self
Patti Smith ... Self
Jessica Strand Jessica Strand ... Self
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A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

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Frederick Wiseman shot 150 hours of footage and crafted a 197 minute film in approximately one year of editing. The movie ended up taking place during seven days, which fits the number of days the New York Public Library opens its doors during a regular week, with the last day, Sunday, being the one in which the Library facilities are opened for less hours. "Sunday" is also the day with the least minutes in the structure of the film: 19 minutes, compared to the approximate 30 minutes per day for the previous six days of the week. See more »

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An entertaining long documentary with many insights in the NY Public Library
26 November 2017 | by Lilian-van-OoijenSee all my reviews

EX LIBRIS: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY: ENTERTAINING

Whether I would last three and a half hours to watch a documentary about New York's public library was a question I asked myself when I landed in Eye Cinema (Amsterdam). So without a break.

IMAGE

It went excellent. Frederick Wiseman tells you a story in such a 'zen' way that it's easy to keep looking. The beauty is: there are no voice-overs. He lets the image speak for himself.

INSIGHTS

You get different insights into what happens within the walls of the central building at Bryant Park and the other locations of the library in the city New York. And that's a lot. The library organizes activities for a wide variety of audiences. The film also let you listen in on the board's conversations.

NOT FOR EVERYONE

For people who love learning, books and archives, your interest is always stimulated with this film. Still, I do not think everyone will entertain themselves with Ex Libris: New York Public Library. Basically, the idea of a documentary about the public library in New York should already appeal to you, otherwise I think this film will get you bored.

CONCLUDING

An entertaining, three and a half hour documentary, for those who want to know more about the New York Public Library. Recommended.

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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

1 November 2017 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,926, 17 September 2017

Gross USA:

$158,192

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$198,239
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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