Ex Libris: New York Public Library. 2017. USA. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. DCP. 197 min.
During a career that spans five decades, Frederick Wiseman has gazed on democratic vistas—parks, village communities, polyglot city neighborhoods—and has revealed in the functioning of state legislatures, hospitals, museums, and schools a rich and complexly embroidered portrait of democracy at its best and worst. His most recent film, Ex Libris—“one of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling,” writes New York Times critic Manohla Dargis—is a magnificent, inspiring look at the New York City public library system, which by serving generations of immigrants for more than a century has strengthened the ties that bind our nation’s citizenry. Courtesy of Zipporah Films.