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.
This is a beautiful film. You see the life in Bill Cunningham and the effect he had on the world around him without the world around him having an effect on him. I love the way the film makers tried to go a little deeper into Bill's life and he would let them to a point. He is a myth, a magician and the zeitgeist. Gold!
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.
Quirky, wonderful, eccentric. Almost as much as the man it follows. The film fully embraces the wonders that are humans finding true pleasure from small moments and telling Cunningham's life through his personality. It is a fair and thorough treatment of the person of Bill Cunningham, but it never ceases to remain fresh and lively. An easy watch to be sure.