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Rated NR · 84 min. · 2011

Documentary


You may be familiar with the Sunday New York Times "On the Street" photo essays and accompanying online slideshows narrated by a bubbly New Englander. That's photographer Bill Cunningham, a passionate cultural anthropologist, a man in a French workingman's blue jacket, an octogenarian on a bicycle. He doesn't love just designer or celebrity fashion, but has dedicated his art to celebrating the panache of the not-so-ordinary New Yorker. Director Richard Press determinedly won the self-effacing Cunningham's confidence to produce this warm and witty portrait of a visionary artist whose personal life is intentionally obscure; until recently, Cunningham lived monastically in an apartment above Carnegie Hall sans kitchen or bathroom. His decades-long visual diary of New York's fleeting moods might seem trivial to some, but the meticulously filed negatives are an unparalleled chronicle of New York fashion. As Vogue editor Anna Wintour says, "We all get dressed for Bill."
Official Site: billcunninghamnewyork.com
Director: Richard Press
Cast: Bill Cunningham

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