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Bill Cunningham New York Reviews

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March 1, 2017
This documentary gave me great joy and frankly some hope. If the streets of New York could nurture a man like this, maybe humaniyty can still find its way.
December 4, 2016
Style on the streets matter.
August 26, 2016
***+ "The best fashion show is definitely on the street.Always has been and always will be." @Bill Cunningham
June 25, 2016
I happened on this film on Netflix last hear, started watching and couldn't stop. An interesting and well-told story about and an interesting reporter for the NYT. RIP Bill Cunningham.
November 8, 2015
As a massive fan of Iris and Advanced style this was just as good. Ex milliner come photographer Bill Cunnigham. He is an absolute delight as he cycles through NYC photographing the fashionistas. His personal life is very interesting as his his home in Carnegie hall - Wonderful
October 25, 2015
Full of sensibility. Mr. Bill Cunningham represents New York incredibly well; he's not about fashion only, he represents the city's 'civilisation'.
October 7, 2015
I entered this documentary expecting it be about photography, instead it was about fashion. No matter, it was delightful, as is the subject that it seeks to document. Bill Cunningham is an impassioned and irresistibly charming man who photographs the beauty he sees around him on the streets of New York. Working in the industry for 60 years, Bill is as well-connected as many of the uptown socialites he photographs and yet he constantly seeks to remain out of the limelight. Himself plain-clothed and living in a glorified cupboard in Carnegie Hall, his raison d'etre is his insatiable appetite for creativity. There is a sadness to Bill's life though: he reveals that he has never been in a romantic relationship; that he has no time for hobbies outside of his work. What has this man's singular devotion cost him in his life?
Cutie and the Boxer (2013) is a documentary about a similarly elderly artist working in New York, once a rising star in the 70's art scene. Where Ushio Shinohara (the titular 'Boxer') is an artist who is somewhat stuck in a period and lacking relevancy, Bill Cunningham is entirely at the top of his game and still keeps the major fashion houses in check when they try to repeat old designs.
Enough gushing about Bill Cunningham. As a documentary it succeeds in giving us a snapshot (pun intended) of the subject's life without being too invasive or forcing an agenda. The film doesn't have a strong narrative, but when your subject is as fascinating as Bill Cunningham (okay, one final gush), who can blame the filmmakers for being distracted from their filmcraft.
½ August 19, 2015
Bill Cunningham is over 80 years old, who has two columns on New York Times, shoots street fashion photos on the street, attend evening parties and visit the Fashion Week in Paris, has an attractive smile like an boy. Sociability taken over from his father as well as sensitivity from his mother might have made him being supported by fashion lovers as famous Chief Editor of Vogue Anna Wintour says 'We all get dressed for Bill!'
His life style is simple and stoic. All he has in his apartment is cabinets for negative film storage and a simple bed. He says 'Who the hell wants a kitchen and a bathroom? Just more rooms to clean.' He visits a church on weekends but he never had time to love someone. His life is stoic like a mountain hermit but he looks happy as he likes fashion.
June 19, 2015
Love this movie! It is encouraging to see someone love their job!
February 24, 2015
An absolutely wonderful documentary about an awesome ageing NYC photographer.
February 19, 2015
"Money is the cheapest thing. Freedom is the most expensive" Bill Cunningham ??????
October 10, 2014
Glorious, even if you are unaffected by fashion and photography. "We all get dressed for Bill..." Loved it.
July 15, 2014
A reverent profile of a fascinating, funny and inspirational gentleman. Cunningham makes one think about clothing in a positive enlightened way (a vehicle for self expression and an armour against the world's troubles). There is nothing more inspiring than watching this enthusiast ply the craft he loves. Magnificent. You'll find this compulsively watchable even if you care not a whit about fashion!
July 3, 2014
Very interesting photographer!
March 13, 2014
Just a tiny insight in the life of Bill. you get to see what a wonderful person and what an amazing life he had. Deep down though, I have mixed feeling. This is a man who embodies the saying "You'll never work a day in your life if you do something you love." and Bill did what he loves. But that's all he did. He has absolutely no social life and has absolutely no other interest other than his work. I just feel, even though he has had an eventful life, he has missed out. But that's just my personal opinion.
March 8, 2014
The best documentary film I've ever seen so far! A story about an old man in NYC who dedicated his life and passion to fashion photography,
February 27, 2014
It's hard for me to care about fashion. That being said, this documentary makes a compelling case for it. Bill Cunningham is so unconventional and so fresh, it's easy to love this film.
January 19, 2014
as a 35mm freelance photographer for about 15 years which was both a passion and I made really good money doing so, I truly appreciated this documentary about Bill Cunningham, a fashion photographer in new York city for the last 60 years and how he captured the fashion trends of the city and the nation. a very humble man with an extraordinary eye.
November 14, 2013
Bill Cunningham is an A-grade sweetheart and if you don't find yourself falling in love within the first half hour you should really check your pulse.
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