فيلم Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library is a movie starring Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elvis Costello, and Richard Dawkins. A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

Other Titles
Ex Libris: La biblioteca pública de Nueva York, Ex Libris: Nowojorska Biblioteka Publiczna, Ex Libris, ニューヨーク公共図書館 エクス・リブリス, Ex Libris: New York Public Library, ニューヨーク公共図書館 エクス・リブリス, Ex Libris: Die Public Library von New York
Running Time
3 hours 17 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Frederick Wiseman
Actors
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elvis Costello, Richard Dawkins, Edmund de Waal
Country
USA
Year
2017
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

Comments about documentary «Ex Libris: The New York Public Library» (22)

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Joe

I really enjoyed this film, especially because it shows how much of the content in the library can be viewed by the general public. However, I think there are some flaws in the research, and some of the information in this film was not fully included in the book. For example, the researchers in the first part of the film seem to be able to research a lot of material on the internet, and thus have access to a lot of information that can be found on the internet. However, in the second part of the film, they seem to be unable to do the same. It is possible that some of the information they get from the internet could be found on the internet, but not all of it. And I think they do not make full use of the internet information they get. Finally, I thought it was interesting that the researchers in the second part of the film had a background in psychology. Psychology is a very broad field, and is used to study things such as memory, creativity, and certain behaviors, but it is not as broad as this film seems to suggest. The researchers seem to be very able to grasp concepts from other areas, such as psychology and literature, and were able to use those concepts to better understand how the library was being used, and also how to better use the library materials. I think this film is very educational for people who are interested in how the library works, and to find out what it is like to be a part of the library.

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Cynthia W.

I found the film to be insightful and informative. As an archivist, I felt as though I was able to comprehend the people in the library's world. As a person who grew up in a "traditional" neighborhood, I felt as though I could relate to their struggles. I had a clear understanding of their sense of responsibility and the sacrifices they had to make in order to be successful. The film was well-made and very informative. I look forward to seeing more work from the NYPL.

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Sharon Hayes

I went to see this movie a few weeks ago, and I was not disappointed. What I saw was a very informative film about a very important part of our history. I also felt very glad I saw this movie. There was not one negative comment made about the movie. The movie included some very moving moments and even a few humorous moments. It was also very educational. The book, The Road We All Walk was a fantastic work of art. I think this movie is about as good as that book. The film is well acted, very well done. I highly recommend this movie to anyone. It is very informative and definitely worth seeing.

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Phillip W.

This is a great documentary about the New York Public Library. They're a major American institution, and the story behind their creation is fascinating. But what makes this documentary especially great is the style. It's a mix of interviews with patrons and talking heads, and all of them are fascinating. It's not all clear cut, and there are a few digressions that are not easily explained. But the style is so interesting that it doesn't matter. The conversation is interesting and makes the documentary even better. The director has done an excellent job in keeping the pacing of the film. I love the way the documentary is shot and the way it looks. I've never seen a documentary that looked this good. If you're a library fan, this documentary is worth watching.

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Andrea Henderson

The main focus of this documentary is the expansion of the public library, it was made after WWII and is a monument to the freedom to choose your own career and social life. I think that there is a lot of things about the movie that don't make sense and seem a little out of context but it is a good film for a general audience. As someone who is a history teacher I am not aware of a lot of historical facts but I do know that the library was started to serve the community and not just to read books. They wanted to open new doors to the public and to make it easier to connect to the community. If you are interested in learning more about libraries, watch this movie. If you are interested in using a library for your own social life watch this movie.

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Arthur

There are many who have written reviews about this film. I do not know if there are many who have viewed it but I will point out that I am a total New Yorker. I went to school at the NYU and I have been to the New York Public Library. It is not the best picture ever. It is better than Citizen Kane, which is by far the most talked about movie of all time. I saw it and I was impressed. What really makes this film good is the incredible detail that they have used in the movie. I saw the featurette and it was just incredible. It would be great to see the featurette when it comes out on DVD. It will make the film even more interesting to see. I will not say what the director or writer is. I have seen their other films and it is hard to tell. I am looking forward to seeing this film. I have always thought that documentaries are the best kind of movies. I thought that the Academy would give it an award for the best documentary, but I was wrong. I will have to wait and see.

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Karen

I had been waiting for this movie since I first heard of it, and when I saw the name of the producer, I thought I was in for a treat. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the preview. A group of film scholars, with little to do, decide to take a week off to re-examine the New York Public Library's holdings, looking at over 200,000 films, including foreign and independent films. The group meets in a private room, then takes on the challenge of looking at each film. I thought the group would spend their time looking at the work of their peers, but they did some research on their own, including movies by Woody Allen, Rene Goscinny, Antonioni, and others. When the group started the movie, they looked at the films and said "Okay, what about those?" There were a few members of the group who had not been interested in films before, but all were soon caught up in the dynamic of the film. They talked about how they knew certain films would be important to their group, and then discussed how each film affected the film's topic, such as how the music affected the theme. This movie is so much more than the average video store documentary, it is a must see. The discussion of films in a highly technical and artistic way is great, and many people could learn something from this movie. The film is easily understandable, and does not demand any prior knowledge. There is a lot of research, so you may be able to come to it with little knowledge of the films. Overall, the discussion of each film is fascinating, and is worth the watch. The movie is a must see. I gave this a 9 out of 10.

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Brandon C.

For me, this film is an example of the great talents of the subject matter, and for that I can only praise the filmmakers. While there is a great deal of tedious material here, and a couple of scenes that make you wonder if they are even needed, I really enjoyed the time spent with the librarians. The topic is incredibly important, and while it is certainly not an all-or-nothing affair, the film is done in a way that allows you to care about the people. The film is, of course, primarily about the libraries, but it's easy to see the lessons about libraries being learned in other areas of life. The film does a good job of showing that the needs of the library are far more than the needs of the library itself. I especially enjoyed the director's commentary on the film, which shows how the director approached the film from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. I think that the film is a very good way to spend an hour and a half, but I would also recommend that you watch the film again to understand the nuances of the historical background. It would be interesting to know the significance of the film to people in other countries. There is also a very interesting documentary about the project that has a lot of information. I highly recommend this film to everyone, but I would definitely recommend that you see the film twice to understand how the film is presented.

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Joyce P.

I've been a regular reader of the New York Public Library for several years, and have visited the stacks many times. It's a fascinating time machine, and I've learned that the Library is a particular treasure in my own life. As an undergraduate, I was at a point in my life where I felt a sense of identity, of a place, a family, a community. I knew this was going to be my library, and so I decided to read the catalog, and of course, had no problem doing that. I was interested in how they did it, and I decided to spend the time and the money to become a regular reader. This movie takes you into the back room of the Library, where the guides are made up of current people, and from them you get a sense of the company, and how people work in the stacks. What you get is an interesting look at what it's like to work in New York, and what the library does for us, and what our time in the library represents. There's a good mix of people from different walks of life, and there's a good dose of drama. I'm not going to say much about what happens in the movie, but it is a powerful story, with a strong message. It's very, very moving, and I highly recommend it.

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Doris

I really liked this film. I think it was well done. I had heard of this film, and read the book, but I hadn't seen the movie. I went to see it with my mom and she was really excited about it. I thought it was a good movie, and thought it was a bit over-exaggerated with the drama in the book. However, the movie was interesting. I was surprised that the director didn't feel like he had to show every little detail in the book to the audience. The actors did a good job, especially Noah Emmerich. I thought the plot was good, and the actors did a great job of portraying the characters. I didn't really understand how the library and their staff were portrayed in the movie. I think that's a little off the mark, but I don't think the movie would have been as good if it were done differently. Overall, I thought it was a good film. It's not a masterpiece, but it's a good film.

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Samuel Schmidt

I came to this film with very high hopes, and it met and exceeded all of my expectations. The film follows the life of a woman named Brigitte Trogneux. Brigitte was a teenager when her father committed suicide in a house fire, and her mother was sentenced to ten years in prison for her actions. After escaping from prison, Brigitte's mother marries and moves with her husband to a beautiful house in Brooklyn. After many years, Brigitte begins to age and her life falls apart. She is now a housewife with a poor job, and unable to support her son. She begins to neglect her son and even her ex-husband. After one of her daughters dies, Brigitte tries to find a way to care for her son, who is now in his twenties. The film then follows her son as he finds his identity, which has led to a family crisis. I could not have imagined the film to be as powerful as it was, and the two leads, which are so rich and real, were equally convincing. The film was shot in a very low budget, and the acting was done very well. The film was very interesting, and the emotions in the film were very real. This is a film that should be seen by everyone.

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Wayne G.

A great documentary about the public library. The famous library can be found in New York City, and it is a very interesting place for the film. The concept of a public library is a very interesting idea, and this movie does an excellent job of presenting the concept. This film is very informative and you will learn a lot. Some people may get a little bit confused, but it is very clear. All in all, this is a very good movie.

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Donna K.

You would think with all the time spent on the editing of a moving picture you'd have time to take a look at the film itself. Unfortunately, that is not the case. What a shame. The best thing I can say about this film is that it's "nearly" a documentary. All the interviews are actually used in the film, which helps to bring out the authenticity of what happened. The film doesn't try to sensationalize the stories. The interviews aren't trying to be sensationalized. The stories themselves are what makes this film so powerful. The "ghost stories" are fascinating and have a strange quality to them. The film is a portrait of the archives of the New York Public Library. The stories are real and many are never told. The stories tell the stories of real people, who deserve to be told. There are many fascinating anecdotes and the story telling is done in a very clear and concise way. The archive footage is truly impressive and it's almost like the documentary was done by the people who actually used to do it. The archive footage is often very detailed and it's very well put together. The audio is also very good. It's very well done. I think the people who did the archival footage were good at what they were doing. The story telling and archival footage are very well done. It's a very compelling story. There are many good stories here. The archive footage is really good. It's interesting and it makes you want to get into the archives and get hold of the archive footage. It's really a very well done documentary and a very good film.

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Elizabeth

To be honest, I have been writing this comment for a while now and I was like - so why not? I am a big fan of Michael Moore and even if I have seen and read his work before I am not a big fan of his movies. I don't have a problem with them being short and to the point. I was hoping that his latest documentary would have more of an emotional impact than his other ones. I would say that I got a big bang for my buck. The only problem I had was the main character was boring. I know he had to say some things that were not as interesting as I would have liked but he was boring. I do have to admit though, that he did do a great job of delivering his message. I enjoyed the content and the visuals were very well done. I liked the actual narration. It was somewhat of a downer at times but the movies do get a little boring at times and that's why I did have a problem with the main character. I felt that there were some things he should have done differently and not the things that he did do. There are also some parts that I think were unnecessary and could have been edited out. The editing could have been better. Some of the more interesting scenes were cut out. Overall, this was an interesting documentary. It's not groundbreaking but it was well done. I hope this helps to find out more about the most influential and powerful library in the world. I am going to see it again. I will also be checking out other Michael Moore documentaries. I think they will be much better then this one.

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Emma W.

I saw this documentary last week, and have to say it's a very impressive documentary. The stories are very inspiring, and the way that the film shows the technology involved in the development of the Library of Congress is a real eye-opener. There are some interviews with actual Library personnel who explain how the technology was developed and put into use, and it shows how a small group of people with big ideas can create such a huge project. The story of how a small group of people could have the influence that the Library of Congress has today is really inspirational, and the way that they have transformed the Library of Congress into a great public resource is also inspiring. The documentary also shows how they have been able to be so close to the Library of Congress from a real time standpoint, and how they have been able to maintain their relationship with the Library of Congress. The film also shows the use of the Library of Congress, and the real impact that the Library of Congress has on the people that visit it. The film also goes into some detail about how some of the main reasons that they wanted to digitize the Library of Congress were for financial reasons, and that many of the people that visit the Library of Congress have some kind of relationship with the Library of Congress. Overall, I really enjoyed this film. It's a real eye-opener, and I was impressed by the documentary. Definitely a must-see for Library of Congress fans.

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Jessica Kelley

I saw this film at the Chicago Public Library last year and thought it was an interesting documentary that was well-acted. I found the story about the library's decision to put all of its books on the Internet was interesting. It was a surprise when the very important court case that was decided in the film was also very good. Some of the material in the film was very interesting and I think the movie really showed the strength of the library and of the people who work there. It was also very interesting to see what people were saying in the courtroom about what was happening. Overall, I thought this film was very interesting and it really showed the power of the library and the people who work there.

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Heather

I don't think you have to be a fan of the "Bible" to enjoy this. I am a devout Christian and have read the "Bible" countless times, so I could see and feel how much of the world was based on the Bible. I can understand the need for the film to portray the Bible in a positive light. However, this film was wonderful to watch and showed the beauty and abundance of this great book. I have read the "Bible" many times and never read a single verse that was in the "Bible" that did not reflect the beauty of God's word. I was moved by the beauty of the beautiful pictures in this film. The camera shots were extremely well done. Some were slow, some fast, some were wide. There were moments of silence in the film that reminded me of how beautiful the beautiful words of the Bible are. I am very excited about the upcoming "Bible" movies coming out soon. I hope to see all of the films in this series! I will be excited to see this film when it is released on DVD!

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Christian R.

I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary and the real estate we get to see. I found it to be one of the most fascinating things I've seen in a long time. The real estate agent interviewed for the documentary is really smart, and she knows how to make a living. It was very interesting to see how people are doing right now and how hard it is to find the best real estate for sale. I hope this documentary gets into more theaters, because I know the people in this documentary will be very disappointed that they can't see it in the theater.

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Mary F.

Librarians, as we all know, are often seen as "traditional" and "conservative" types. We are often reminded that we are "overly self-conscious" about what we carry in our pockets. And of course we are told that we are "too busy" to read. But this documentary is a reminder that we are "more than just the public." This film is a great reminder to us all. Libraries, as a public institution, are a place where we come together and interact with one another. And as a community, we need to be open to one another. So, this documentary is not a documentary that is meant to appeal to a specific group of people. In this case, it is a reminder that we need to be more open to the other people in our community, to the people who aren't "traditional" or "conservative." And that we need to be more willing to open ourselves up to each other. The other benefit of this documentary is that it will encourage all of us to become more of ourselves. It will help us to be more compassionate and understanding to each other. And it will encourage us to help our local community. It will give us hope and motivation to make the effort. So, if you are a librarian or any other member of the community, please check this out!

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Robert Bell

I have read a lot of reviews and comments on this film and I think it is pretty accurate. In the American culture, the library was seen as an institution that was "the librarians" in the 1950s. We are now in the 60s, and we are still the librarians. What we have left in the middle of the 20th century is the traditional library and a very small number of them. But in the past, we have had these programs that make a lot of sense. And I think that this documentary is a good documentary. I would have loved to see the pictures of the library that were in the film. I am a big fan of the late Sondra Locke and she does an excellent job. She does not talk much, but when she does talk it is very intelligently. In a world where there are always a lot of distractions, it is great to have the silence and to hear the words of someone who understands the context and who is not shouting out to the world. It is also a good documentary to see people doing good work. I am a little concerned about the current atmosphere and what it will mean for the future of libraries. But I think that it is important to see this film. It is still the standard of the film-making and the journalism. I do not think that the movie should be controversial, but I do think that the film should be about the work of the library and what it is and how it is done. I do not want to put people off from going to the library. I do not want to discourage people from going to the library. I just think that we should see this documentary and make sure that we understand what is happening. If the film is not perfect, that is the fault of the writers. I think that it is a good documentary and that it is a good piece of work. But I do not think that it is good because it is going to be taken to a higher level.

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Melissa

If you have the opportunity to see this film, do so. You won't be disappointed. The film is a look at the corruption of the New York Public Library, and the negative effects it has on our nation. In the film, David Weil (played by Colin Farrell) is a public library researcher, who is trying to save the library. There is a lot of historical footage and interviews with historians, and the library director, Barbara Moss (played by Rachel Weisz), is interviewed. These facts make for great viewing. Weil's research leads him to learn about the corrupt culture of the library, and to realize that the current system of auditing the library was not in place when the library was founded. So, the auditing is still going on. Weil is eventually able to discover that the current system of auditing was started by two people who have no integrity. One of them, Bruce Thornton (played by Aaron Eckhart), is the archivist of the library. The other, Harriet Webb (played by Naomi Watts), is a very important woman in the library. She has long been the director of the library and has long been a major player in the corrupt culture of the library. When Weil learns that Webb is getting a new book published in the library, he knows that he must act. He has to get the book, or else the new book will not be able to get to the public. As we all know, the film is based on an investigative story, but there are a lot of facts and events that are based on real life events. The biggest aspect of the film that I found interesting was the fact that the film had been directed by a director who was involved in the late 1980's work by Brian De Palma. I was very impressed by this film, as I felt that it was a great film. The film is very well made, and the film maker, William Behar, has a very good eye for the historical footage. The movie is extremely well shot. One of the things that was really important for me to notice about the film was the use of red, the color of blood, and that was very very noticeable. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the history of the New York Public Library. I would also highly recommend this film to people who are interested in how corruption affects our society.

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Charles

An excellent documentary, covering a lot of pertinent issues in the last few years. Great documentary, I hope it does more interviews with other libraries.