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Famed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes on the NYPL

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Octogenarian documentarian Frederick Wiseman is still making observational commentaries on every day life — and this time he’s looking at the New York Public Library.

The “Titicut Follies director’s latest project, “Ex Libris,” is continuing his series of films on institutions, which look inside renowned cultural sites.

In a phone interview with Gothamist, Wiseman explains why he chose the NYPL for his next project.

“The administration has to be concerned with their politics in relation to the city,” explained Wiseman, “and they have to raise money from rich people who are interested in the library, so that makes it pretty complicated.”

He says he was also intrigued by the library’s six million books, 90 branches and numerous programs.

“Ex Libris” can be viewed between September 13 and 26. Here’s a tutorial on watching Wiseman from LLNYC profile subject A.O. Scott.