I was reading Vox’s “21 best movies of 2017” list by my favorite movie reviewer, Alissa Wilkinson (her writing is so articulate and beautiful), when I realized that TWO reel librarian films had made her top movies list of the year! Also, both films were in the top 10!
Coming in at #9 is Columbus, the debut film from director Kogonada, starring Haley Lu Richardson as a young library worker living in Columbus, Indiana, who also loves architecture. She meets Jin (John Cho) and starts to show him her favorite buildings around the city. (A quick glimpse of the library can be seen in the trailer below, at 1:24 mins.)
As Wilkinson writes:
“Columbus is beautiful and subtle, letting us feel how the places we build and the people we let near us move and mold us.”
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
Ranking at #2 on the Vox list is Ex Libris, a documentary by Frederick Wiseman about the New York Public Library. It’s rare for a documentary to crack a “best of” list, let alone a documentary about a library! ♥
“Trailer de Ex Libris: New York Public Library (HD),” uploaded by Cine maldito, Standard YouTube license
I teared up at Wilkinson’s summing up of this film:
Ex Libris is his mesmerizing look at the New York Public Library and the many functions it fills, which go far beyond housing books. […] It makes a case for having faith in the public institutions where ordinary people work — away from the limelight, without trying to score political points — in order to make our communities truly better.
I have not seen either one of these films (yet)… have you? What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment and share!