Bill Cunningham New York Reviews
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.
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.