Bill Cunningham New York

Directed by Richard Press

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Release Year: 2010
Running time: 84
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Directed by: Richard Press

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), 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.

For related resources and a discussion guide visit Influence Film Club's Bill Cunningham New York page.

June 25, 2016. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Cunningham, a genius and a gentleman. Read his New York Times obituary here.

For clips from the film please contact adrian@zeitgeistfilms.com

Reviews

[A] captivating and moving portrait of a singular man and a passing era… Mr. Cunningham finds something creative, life-affirming and free, and preserves it forever. An intimate portrait that feels more found or captured than it does constructed. (Cunningham) is an aesthete and an ascetic, a member of the establishment and a bohemian, and among the last of his kind.

Carina Chocano - The New York TImes
 

It’s a real privilege to watch this film!

Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
 

The touching, heart-swelling film—which covers the simple life of the city’s most beloved shutterbug—reminds us that fashion doesn’t have to be so serious. It can be fun. It can be frivolous. And, as Mr. Cunningham shows us night after night, it can be a wild adventure.

Meredith Melling Burke - Vogue.com
 

Fascinating! A smart, playful movie! As much a portrait of a kind of artist as it is a document of a city’s evolving sense of style.

Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
 

A magisterial documentary about urban life and creativity.

Hilton Als - THE NEW YORKER
 

CRITICS’ PICK! Press’s celebratory, humorous, and often touching directorial debut captures one of New York’s most appealing characters. As fittingly modest as its charming subject.

Miranda Siegel - NEW YORK Magazine
 

A near Buddhist reflection on what it takes to fully engage Gotham, as well as an astute snapshot of its evermore avaricious soul… Tagging along with Cunningham is a bracing reminder of what’s been lost to the bottom line.

Mark Holcomb - The Village Voice
 

ILLUMINATING AND INSPIRING!

André Leon Talley - VOGUE
 

FASCINATING! A MUST-SEE!

THE SARTORIALIST
 

A great documentary for a deserving fashion legend.

Mark Mikin - ESQUIRE online
 

The most elusive and most visible fashion presence in New York has finally been captured on film, in a deeply moving, visually stunning documentary about New York Times 'On the Street' photographer Bill Cunningham.

Sylvia Rubin - THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
 

Bill Cunningham is astutely defined by Bill Cunningham New York as not simply a traditional photographer of clothing, but an anthropological historian. (The film) is at heart the story of a man for whom life’s great joy has come from wholesale immersion in artistic obsession.

Nick Schager - SLANT MAGAZINE
 

Lovely and heartening. We see his work process in all its marvelous (or, as Cunningham says, mahvelous) idiosyncrasy.

Amy Taubin - ARTFORUM
 

When fashion fans talk about street style these days, they’re likely to drop the names of Scott Schuman, Yvan Rodic aka The Facehunter or Garance Doré . But most of them forget about a true pioneer in this field, 80-year-old New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, who now gets the credit he deserves in new documentary Bill Cunningham New York.

THE INDEPENDENT
 

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