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A small, insightful feature with a deceptively thoughtful thesis, Iris adds a bittersweet postscript to director Albert Maysles' filmography. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker Albert Maysles pays tribute to nonagenarian Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, longtime interior designer and outspoken champion of eclectic fashion.

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  • There is, for all the frivolity of her business, a gravitas and magnetism about Iris Apfel: she's smart and funny and sassy enough for the viewer to see past a life of privilege and walk-in wardrobes.

    March 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Maysles often said that he made [his films] with a sense of love for his subjects. That is certainly true of this film, which is a great parting gift to us all.

    August 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • She emerges here as a down-to-earth, self-mocking, savvy philosopher, a one-off combination of Madame de Pompadour and a borscht-belt standup: it's not just Iris's glasses that recall George Burns, but her wit too.

    August 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A love letter to individualism, and the love that fuels it.

    July 31, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • Late director Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter) beautifully captures her personality and her passion for creativity.

    July 30, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • The director's way with framing and composition hadn't deserted him even at this late stage - every shot is a box of delights.

    July 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 09, 2016
    http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/iris-dir-albert-maysles-2014-albert.html
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2015
    The once glorious and beloved Maysles brothers made some of the best documentaries of all time, including "Grey Gardens" and "Gimme Shelter." The Maysles (pronounced like hazels) have a legacy that has remained consistent in the past twenty years, even with the death of David in 1987. Albert Maysles passed just this past March, and his last film is a testament to the Maysles constant of capturing crazy interesting figures in their prime. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/10/10/iris
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2015
    A real tribute to an amazing woman. Worth seeing for fans of fashion and fans of really endearing people in general.
    Robert C Super Reviewer

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