This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.
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Are we defined by our occupation? Can we be a masterful artist even when no-one knows of our achievements? Is a life spent capturing our art while living in obscurity a wasted life? This incredible documentary that tries to unravel the mystery of the life of unknown photographer and nanny Vivian Maier creates more questions than answers...but oh what questions. Fame may be posthumous but well deserved.
Maloof stumbles upon an unknown artist and for that he deserves credit. The second half of the story isn't as illuminating as the first. What's really interesting is her prolific work and her amazing ability to capture beautiful spontaneous images in real time.
I'm surprised it got an oscar nod - not best doc filmmaking I've seen, though it has its moments, at times with euforic effect. BUT the story! Man, I love this story. It's like in Amelie, when she finds the memories box, and begins to piece together the story of the owner. Only here, the owner of the box is another Amelie-like character, who may or may not have put the box there for this exact purpose.
John Maloof needs to give himself a self-congratulatory cookie and shut the fuck up. Apparently he thinks that one letter she NEVER MAILED asking to print her photos gives him permission to invade her privacy, and further exploit her with a crappy film. Stop the uplifting Disney score. They're not your photos--stop signing them. She didn't want people to know her. It's disrespectful and just gross.