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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.

Director:

Frederick Wiseman
5 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ex Libris: New York Public Library See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,926, 17 September 2017

Gross USA:

$158,192

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$198,239
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Runtime:

| (Mainland China Cut Version)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A fine idea that went on too long
7 January 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

New York's various library branches are visited in all boroughs in this documentary. It includes various segments highlighting free lectures, job fairs, community gatherings, school classes, help to the needy, and library business meetings.

The variety of the segments and their subjects are as well chosen as are the variety of people in each of them. For those of us who love New York and New Yorkers, the people alone make much of this film an enjoyable experience.

Many of the lectures were fascinating but some seemed intended for the few with either a higher level of academic intellect and/or a great knowledge of the subject at hand. While this might have been something to overlook, it is harder to overlook the movie's biggest liability: its length of three-and-a-quarter hours. The movie could have been reduced by at least one-third.

Though most of the segments were a reasonable length of time, this was not the case for the library staff meetings that were too frequent and too long - much like staff meetings for those of us in our real lives. While some moments in these scenes were interesting, they had a tendency to remind us of the occasional auditory, mental torture of our own lives - something we'd rather forget when watching a movie.


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