EX LIBRIS – THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
First show: October 13
“One of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling”.
– Manohla Dargis, NY Times.
Opening Night, Friday, Oct 13 show to be introduced by Katherine Jardine of the SF Public Library & Marie Ciepiela, Executive Director of Friends of SFPL!
“Frederick Wiseman cracks open institutions: the military, the insane asylum, the high school, the police, the welfare system, the Paris Opera Ballet, the National Gallery of London, and now – in his 43rd film in 50 years – the New York Public Library, an institution eminently worthy of his immersive style. If you thought libraries are just repositories for books, you’re in for a big, wonderful surprise. The NYPL owns (and makes accessible) millions of images; sponsors lectures by people like Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, and Ta-Nehisi Coates; circulates a growing collection of e-books; maintains a vast archive of materials not available online; and gives classes in digital technology. The magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (and 5th Avenue at 42nd Street) is the spine of the film, but equally vital is the role of branch libraries that act as community centers for civic life. “Libraries are the pillars of our democracy” says Toni Morrison – as Wiseman’s opus, EX LIBRIS, makes abundantly and fascinatingly clear”. – Karen Cooper, Film Forum.
USA. 2017. DCP. 197 mins.
*Those flashing their San Francisco Public Library cards at this film will be entitled to a small bag of delicious, entirely organic Roxie popcorn, available with real butter upon request!
San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center, and four bookmobiles. More information at sfpl.org.
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