Reviews for March 16th, 2011
Bill Cunningham New York
Directed by Richard Press
This captivating documentary follows the life and work of Bill Cunningham, a New York Times photographer who rides around Manhattan on his Schwinn bicycle while taking photographs of everyone old and young, rich or poor, famous or not. He gets invited to many fancy parties where the hosts are happy for him to take photographs at the event which he does pretty non-stop. Not surprisingly, his bicycle has been stolen over two-dozen times off the street. Heís so passionate about his work that he has never drank or eaten at the parties because heís there simply to work. Director Richard Press, in his feature directorial debut, captures Cunninghamís warmth, charisma and sense of humor as a human being while showing precisely how brilliant, passionate and articulate he is as an artist. If you're wondering why he has never had a love interest throughout his entire life, you'll get the chance to find out why, which won't be spoiled here. Itís equally moving and engaging to watch as Cunningham has to face being relocated to a new apartment overlooking Central Park instead of staying in small, cramped yet cosy studio he has in Carnegie Hall---as he candidly admits, he doesnít need to move to an apartment with a bathroom and kitchen because that would just mean more rooms for him to clean. This documentaryfinds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them intellectually as well as emotionally. You donít need to be an avid fan of photography or fashion to enjoy it.
Number of times I checked my watch: 0 Opens at the Film Forum.Released by Zeitgeist Films.