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ND/NF 2010: "Bill Cunningham New York"

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Bill Cunningham New York

"Given his four-decade-plus career as a New York City chronicler of both everyday and high fashion, Bill Cunningham is astutely defined by Bill Cunningham New York as not simply a traditional photographer of clothing, but an anthropological historian," writes Nick Schager. Richard Press's documentary, then, is a nearly perfect opening film for this year's New Directors / New Film series, running from tomorrow through April 4  — and indieWIRE asks Press about his first feature.

Andrew Schenker introduces Slant's indispensable guide to ND/NF 2010: "Once again scouring Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Sundance for the choicest work being done by cinematic rookies and near rookies (Judy Berlin director Eric Mendelsohn returns to the lineup after an 11-year absence), the programmers of the 39th edition of the Lincoln Center/Museum of Modern Art showcase offer festgoers their choice among daring provocations (I Killed My Mother, Xavier Dolan's anguished festival closing howl), affectionate docu-portraits (Beautiful Darling, James Rasin's remembrance of Warhol superstar Candy Darling), and multi-character indie fare (Mendelsohn's 3 Backyards)." For starters.

Logan Hill has a few recommendations in New York, too. Coverage of the coverage begins in earnest a bit later on in the week.

Updates, 3/24: "[T]he movie charms by bringing you into the private world of a man who would clearly prefer you direct your attention at the glorious, gaudy beauty embodied by the passing human parade that he immortalizes — and insistently democratizes — with lightning-fast moves and palpable joy," writes Manohla Dargis in her overview of ND/NF 2010 for the New York Times.

"[E]ven if this film does not break new ground formally, it is well made and a worthy tribute to an exceptional man," writes Howard Feinstein at indieWIRE, also featuring an interview with Press.


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