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FLiCX: Ex Libris--The New York Public Library

Saturday, October 07, 2017,

  • Location: Belcourt Theatre

Dir. Frederick Wiseman USA 2017 207 min. NR DCP

Introduction by Laurie Stevens, public technology specialist at Nashville Public Library

Participants who commit to checking in with the FLiCX administrator by no later than 12:45pm and to being seated prior to the introduction may RSVP on this page for tickets purchased by the Dean of Students Office. 

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  • that if you RSVP in the affirmative, and your plans change, you are expected to log back in and change your status to “not attending;”
  • that Vanderbilt participants must RSVP for themselves, and may not be “guests;” and
  • that non-Vanderbilt guests are limited to one per participant.

In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman, the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of New York City’s library system. The New York Public Library is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches. The film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange and intellectual creativity.


"In Ex Libris, democracy is alive and in the hands of a forceful advocate and brilliant filmmaker, which helps make this one of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling.” —Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“…If this world has you in need of a little healing time, go, go, go and see it: it’s a lovely, gracious, soul-satisfying thing.” —Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

“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.” —David Ehrlich, IndieWire

"Wiseman has carved out a unique niche in American documentary filmmaking and after 50 years on the job, he is a beloved, reliable observer of American society and democracy. Never talking down to his audience, he rather pulls them up to an intellectual level where other filmmakers fear to go.” —Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter