A style columnist for the New York Times and an unlikely man-about-town, Bill Cunningham travels around New York City by bike, taking photos of life in progress. A legendary photographer, but averse to attention, Cunningham finally agreed to step in front of the camera for this documentary.
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A great documentary about "the most important person on earth" (well, in fashion industry). Personally, this movie inspired me to work in fashion or art industry in the future. Thanks to Mr. Cunningham's amazing works!
The photos are great, but when people talk about Bill Cunningham as a "treasure" it's really an appreciation for someone whose passion is utterly singular and honest. This film exposes his obsession in stark detail, even if Bill goes to great lengths to avoid the roots of his life. It might be tempting to call his existence tragic, but I think he's truly happy.
I grew up reading the New York Times, so I've seen a lot of Bill's work. It's anthropology. I don't know how he does it, because I instinctively shudder at the sight of socialites. I liked what Tom Wolfe had to say about New York society in general and Bill specifically, that he "is not a social arbiter". Otherwise he wouldn't be able to do his job.
Stripped of all the things he does not need, this doc approaches the life behind a man and his camera throughout the pursuit of fashion, clothes and creative human beings whose personal expression is shown in how they're are dressed.
What a wonderful human. The pace and energy of this doco are perfectly matched to our subject: Both are sometimes erratic but always pure and full of passion-driven honesty. I thought it was a really wise choice to keep the story-telling as focused on the 'work' as Bill himself was, letting actions speak louder than words and leaving any kind of personal digging to just a few moments near the end. 5 stars
A loving and delightful portrait of wonderfully eccentric New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, whose man-on-the-street approach to everyday fashion has both revolutionized the fashion industry and endeared him to fashion icons all over the world. While his personal life remains guarded, Cunningham's enthusiasm for his work is infectious.