Movie: Bill Cunningham New York
Release Date: March 16, 2011 (NY)
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Director: Richard Press
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors
Summary: “The best fashion show is always on the street” – Bill Cunningham, The New York Times’s peripatetic, octogenarian, bicycle-riding fashion photographer.
Filmmaker Richard Press says it took 10 years to make this portrait of Cunningham, the first eight spent convincing his subject to acquiesce. Anyone who has so much as glanced at the Style section of the Times will recognize Cunningham’s work: an obsessive, meticulous, witty and eclectic array of images of New Yorkers dressed to kill. Cunningham is famous for spotting trends before anyone else, for giving young and unknown fashionistas as much play as society’s grande dames, and for rejecting every hostess’s effort to get him to stop for just one moment to sip champagne or shoot the breeze. Living in monk-like asceticism above Carnegie Hall for 50 years, Cunningham is a New York original, a man who has joyously transformed fashion into urban anthropology.