I love libraries more than most people, but even I couldn’t get into Frederick Wiseman’s library documentary, Ex Libris: The New York Public Library. As much as I love libraries, I simply could not abide three hours of minimally edited footage of library lectures, library board meetings, people checking out books, people performing Google searches, people attending the library’s enriching cultural events, library employees answering phones, and establishing shots of the New York Public Library and its borough branches. Let me repeat: This movie is three hours long, without any kind of organizing principle. It is a chore.
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