Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham New York

The Bill in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham ... Documenting uptown fixtures, downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace. 3.7 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
Bill Cunningham New York

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Certificate
Genre Documentary
Director Richard Press
Cast Anna Wintour, Michael Kors Bill Cunningham
Studio Dogwoof
Release Date March 2012
Running Time 84 mins
 

The Bill in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham ... Documenting uptown fixtures, downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

Reviews

The Observer

Philip French

It's a charming, loving, witty portrait of the life and work of a delightful, kind man.

18/03/2012

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The New York Times

Carina Chocano

The film goes about its business just as its subject does — quietly, modestly, almost invisibly ... Interspersing lively insights from Mr. Cunningham with affectionate stories from longtime friends and subjects — socialites, editors, models, eccentrics, dandies, avant-gardists, curators and neighbors — Mr. Press has created an intimate portrait that feels more found or captured than it does constructed.

15/03/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Affectionate.

15/03/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

In a short time we come to love his quavery laugh, his rheumy eyes and his cheap blue smock with multiple pockets, the sort Parisian street-sweepers wear. He's a proper legend, feted by the great and good.

16/03/2012

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Time Out

Cath Clarke

As for Cunningham, he’s a treat to watch. An eccentric to his bones, he lives as frugally as a monk, sleeping on a fold-up bed in his tiny studio. He’s got an irresistible gee-whizz ’50s charm and seems to live on adrenaline, exuding the pure joy of a man who has found his calling and won’t be retiring anytime soon.

13/03/2012

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The Times

Kate Muir

About a soul full of mystery, and is an eyeful of heaven for fashionistas.

16/03/2012

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Total Film

Carmen Gray

A doc that’ll make more than just fashionistas smile.

05/03/2012

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

Because Cunningham is an intensely private individual, director Richard Press says that of the 10 years it took to make this admiring labor of love, eight were spent convincing the reluctant subject to participate. Cunningham's reticence meant that Press worked with no crew and used small, hand-held consumer cameras for the shoot, shadowing the photographer as he piloted his 29th Schwinn bicycle around Manhattan's mean streets in search of beauty.

25/03/2011

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Empire Magazine

Dvid Parkinson

This not only eulogises a consummate professional, it also affords a showcase for Cunningham’s near-anthropological obsession with the changing face and tastes of New York, creating an urban love letter Woody Allen would be proud of.

12/03/2012

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Could have spent less time on the glad rags and more on Cunningham's own shy, endearing soul.

15/03/2012

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The Sunday Times

Stuart Brumfitt

The film-maker, Richard Press, is an old associate of his, so he doesn’t probe too deeply.

18/03/2012

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

Coming from someone who has spent decades chronicling the changing trends of the city at both street and society level, it’s a better justification for the fashion industry than anything Anna Wintour has ever come up with.

15/03/2012

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