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New Digital Restoration! A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (aka: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN) • February 23 & 24

The Brattle Theatre40 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138 • Harvard Square • 617 876-6837 • [email protected]

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Sat, Dec 23, 2017

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Ex Libris – The New York Public Library

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Cambridge Premiere!

Friday, December 22 & Saturday, December 23

(2017) dir Fred Wiseman [197 min; DCP]
“In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2016), 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.” – Film Forum

“‘Ex Libris’ is a profoundly hopeful movie. We could use that right now.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“If libraries have played a large part in your life and personal development, you’re going to want to head to the Brattle to catch master filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s colossal portrait of yet another of the world’s most important institutions.” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

“An epic rumination on educational enlightenment.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“As with all of Wiseman’s films, the whole is so very much greater than the sum of its parts.” – Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

Critic’s Pick! “One of the greatest movies of Mr. Wiseman’s extraordinary career and one of his most thrilling.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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Friday 12/22
at 6:00 PM
Saturday 12/23
at 2:00 6:00 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats here.

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