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“Li­braries are not about books... li­braries are about peo­ple.” By the time this sen­tence is spo­ken in Fred­er­ick Wise­man’s award­win­ning doc­u­men­tary Ex Lib­ris: The New York Pub­lic Li­brary, it’s clear that both direc­tor Wise­man and his sub­ject have one thing in com­mon: an in­spi­ra­tional sense of ide­al­ism. Wise­man ex­plores ev­ery cor­ner of the li­brary, from book stacks to class­rooms and ar­chives. He talks to writ­ers and artists who use the li­brary’s re­sources, and he shows the li­brary’s work with the un­der­priv­i­leged, keep­ing view­ers on their toes with fre­quent changes of scene and tempo. With more than 40 films un­der his belt, Wise­man could make a plain white sheet of pa­per look in­ter­est­ing. Add words and read­ers, and you’ve got a mas­ter­piece. Starts 24 Oc­to­ber.

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