Database description: Since 1895, The New York Public Library has influenced the lives of countless Americans. Generations of children have learned to read here; millions of immigrants have assimilated into their new country. Unparalleled resources are housed here. Writers and artists have found inspiration from the volumes on its shelves. Guarded by two famed, stone lions, this library has played a vital role in Manhattan’s social, cultural, and economic lives. This documentary traces the history and influence of “The People’s Palace.” Distributed by PBS Distribution. (60 minutes) Distributed by PBS Distribution.
Summary: One monk has fallen from a tower, another is found head-first in a vat of pigs' blood. Visiting Brother Sean Connery, investigating the deaths, discovers a secret library containing rare books considered lost to the world and dangerous to the Catholic faith. He must find the connection between the hidden literature and the killings before innocent people are burned at the stake. Based on the book by Umberto Eco.