All of Frederick Wiseman’s films are his best films. His work frames reality in a way that allows us to see it more clearly through his camera than we can with the naked eye.
All the same, the hypnotic and thoroughly essential “Ex Libris — The New York Public Library” stands out as an especially definitive example of — and testament to — Wiseman’s style and mission statement. Never before have his goals as a documentarian so perfectly dovetailed with those of his subject.
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