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Ex Libris. The New York Public Library

OT: Ex Libris. The New York Public Library

Frederick Wiseman // USA, 2017
Documentary Feature // FF2017



DOCUMENTARY With more than 51 million media, the New York Public Library is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Opened in 1911, the building is however more than a distinguished archive of knowledge, collecting and preservation of information – it’s a multi-facetted, lively place of learning. Documentary film legend Frederick Wiseman’s camera has delved deep into the cosmos of the New York Public Library and discovered a space in which democracy is lived every day. Here, between piles of books monitors, anyone has the right to educate themselves and exchange views with others. The power of thought is the beginning of a better world.


FREDERICK WISEMAN (*1930) is seen as a pioneer of the purely observational Direct Cinema. For his comprehensive and influential life's work, including "Titicut Follies" (1967), "Primate" (1974), "La Danse" (2009) and "National Gallery" (2014), he was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2016. FILMFEST HAMBURG showed "In Jackson Heights" (2015), "Ex Libris" (2017) and "Monrovia, Indiana" (2018).



Ex Libris. The New York Public Library

Documentary Feature





197 min

OV with German subtitles

Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman

John Davey

Frederick Wiseman

Kool Filmdistribution GbR

Doc & Film International

Zipporah Films inc.

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