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Bill Cunningham New York
He who seeks beauty, will find it.
Chronicles a man who is obsessively interested in only one thing,the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. The 80-year-old New York Times photographer has two columns in the paper's Style section, yet nobody knows who he is.
Bill Cunningham is a crazy bike riding camera pecking man child with joie de vivre all over his blue french workman's coat.
The bike riding. I can't believe he is still alive. He had 28 bikes stolen but seemingly no broken limbs? Check the label to see if this is still non fiction.
The camera pecking. Extraordinary. No one asked why he still uses a film camera because we know the answer. The camera is up and down before you can blink. Suddenly pecking at his subject and quickly nonchalant and beaming. Only one threat in 84 minutes; the beaming is working. You want to be shot by Bill Cunningham.
The man child is surprising and becomes a little creepy.…
This loving portrait of one of New York’s hardest-working sons doesn’t shy away from asking tough questions. Whether or not it answers them is immaterial — by the end, it’s impossible not to feel like you’ve spent a day or a year in Bill’s company, and his modesty, enthusiasm and good humour are bound to rub off.
This is a watchable documentary about an aging fashion photographer from New York. He's a likeable chap with unusual philosophy. He doesn't seem to care for the same things that regular folk care for (money, love, comfort and so on), but instead devotes his life to the worship of unusual clothes.
It's hard to believe that he's not lonely, but he seems to honestly not regret his single-track life. He sums up his attitude with a beautiful quip: He who seeks beauty will find it. That sentiment resonates with me.
Enjoyable, affable, watchable, but not very revealing. Something dark is bubbling below the surface, and we catch a glimpse from time to time, but the documentary team are either too timid or too respectful to scratch the surface.
Probably more interesting for fashionistas.
The third time I've seen this film, which strangely moves me to tears every single time. To find someone so dedicated to their art and their work that they have sacrificed most of their life to it, is something to be in awe of.
A beautiful man and a beautiful film, lovingly crafted to show the humble, clever, visionary man who shapes so much of what fashion is and what can be great about an often shallow industry.
The extraordinary devotion Bill Cunningham has for his work means that any film about him is worth a look, but it’s a shame this one is not a more illuminating portrait. Amiable though he may be, Cunningham has made a career out of being an observer rather than a participant, and his years behind the lens have trained him well in the art of evasion. No one interviewed in this documentary seems to know anything about him beyond his boundless enthusiasm for his unique brand of fashion photography, and Cunningham himself doesn’t do much to fill in the gaps. We learn about the various career experiences in fashion and journalism that led him to the niche he now occupies, but…
"Money is the cheapest thing."
Magical. Heartfelt. Inspiring. Richard Press' gorgeous documentary is an expose of one the greatest fashion photographers and columnists, Bill Cunningham. When it comes to fashion, Bill has an artists eye - always on a quest to capture of the uniqueness and flamboyance of Manhattan's fashion elite for the New York Times. A terribly sweet man who finds utter joy in his work, this doc paints him as a fixture of Manhattan who is an essential part of "New York life". An artist who has shunned celebrity lifestyle and refused to indulge in the financial fruits that his career could've offered him, instead he at his happiest when he's left to his own devices - documenting…
Possibly the most reassuring and happy documentary I've ever seen, without glossing over or pandering its subject.
A triumphant document of the unwavering passion and enjoyment for living had by only the purest artists. I can't help but imagine Press repeatedly included Eyebrow Old Mate as a counterpoint to everything Cunningham holds dear.
What a darling little film and a charming old man.
Bill Cunningham New York is another low-key, somber and quiet yet quite remarkable documentary. It is worlds apart from another documentary I watched just recently -- Buck -- about another exceptional individual, Buck Brannaman, who has "horse whispering" powers. The two films highlight the lives of these fascinating men who have been given/blessed with hard-to-explain yet extraordinary gifts.
Both have been welcome departures from the amassing field(s) of uber-important (but oh! so depressing) documentaries we have seen produced over these last few years.
Mr. Brannaman "tames" horses and his skill is highly apparent and respected by others in his industry; Cunningham's skill is something else entirely. He is a photographer who's skilled eye has captured the passing of time in…
I <3 this movie
I have no interest in fashion but this is such an endearing watch simply because Bill Cunningham is one of the nicest, most cheerful and interesting characters I'v seen in a documentary film, his spirit and life philosophy is just beautiful and inspiring. He is also a true artist.
the most adorable old man ever
I'm in love with the way Bill Cunningham sees the world. "He who seeks beauty will find it." What a man. Beautiful.
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I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…