Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

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Critic Consensus: Suffused with happiness and modest charm, Bill Cunningham New York offers a touching, gently humorous portrait of its subject without invading his jealously guarded privacy.

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"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. -- (C) Zeitgeist films
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Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for Bill Cunningham New York

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (23)

He was the first, and what's obvious from this lively and engaging doc, an original.

Full Review… | March 13, 2012
Time Out
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Whatever this Times-produced, TV-ready tribute lacks in tension is amply compensated by the pleasure of watching an enthusiast ply the craft he loves.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
Variety
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It's not just what he does. It's who he is. And he approaches it with such unbridled passion and joy that you can't help but sharing in it; absolutely no knowledge or love of fashion is required.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Arizona Republic
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[A] marvelous documentary.

Full Review… | June 14, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Here is a movie about a happy and nice man.

Full Review… | May 18, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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Filmmaker Richard Press offers a humorous, touching and insightful portrait about a subject who clearly would have preferred to stay behind the camera.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Bill Cunningham New York

bill cunningham is a delight and it's a great inside look at the new york fashion world but i fear the film went too far in the end. there's a touching but uncomfortable bit of invasion of bill's privacy that i'm not entirely happy with. over all enjoyed it very much

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Like some of the best documentaries, Bill Cunningham New York is a human story - the tale of one man who almost embodies kindness and innocence. His enthusiastic personality is enough to make this film worth watching all on its own, but director Richard Press takes it to the next level by hinting at deeper themes of society's sameness versus individuality, the sad passage of time, modesty and the ability to find and create happiness. And while the world of fashion is probably very high on my list of things I really, really don't care about, the film and its quirky protagonist exude a warmth that is rare, especially in the cold heart of New York City.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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'Bill Cunningham New York'. A fascinating, sad look at a man whose love for the fashion of everyday people has so wholly consumed his life. You can't help but admire Bill Cunningham's drive, simplicity, strong-minded virtues, overwhelming passion and enthusiasm, but at what cost? He loves what he does so much, that he "doesn't have time" for a relationship or family. It had me questioning whether the balance is needed to lead a fulfilling life. At one point, he's asked about music as an interest, and he says he goes to church every Sunday to listen to the music and half-jokingly "to repent!". He must be a conflicted individual inside, and it comes to the fore during those last, deeply personal questions.

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