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Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

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A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Cunningham ... Himself
Editta Sherman Editta Sherman ... Herself
Patrick McDonald Patrick McDonald ... Himself
Howard Koda Howard Koda ... Himself (as Harold Koda)
John Kurdewan John Kurdewan ... Himself
Carmen Dell'Orefice ... Herself
Annette De la Renta Annette De la Renta ... Herself
Anna Wintour ... Herself
Iris Apfel ... Herself
Shail Upadhya Shail Upadhya ... Himself
Kim Hastreiter Kim Hastreiter ... Herself
Lesley Vinson Lesley Vinson ... Herself
Annie Flanders Annie Flanders ... Herself
Josef Astor Josef Astor ... Himself
Toni Cimino Toni Cimino ... Herself (as Toni 'Suzette' Cimino)
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Chronicles a man who is obsessively interested in only one thing,the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. The 80-year-old New York Times photographer has two columns in the paper's Style section, yet nobody knows who he is. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bill Cunningham: New York See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,677, 20 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,510,026, 18 November 2011
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Color | Black and White | Color (archival footage)
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Quotes

Anna Wintour: We all get dressed for Bill!
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.23 (2011) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Fashion as art, on the street, fuelled by passion for life.
6 April 2012 | by polar24See all my reviews

Wonderful film about the misunderstood and often contradictory peculiarities of the fashion world. Bill himself is an everyday man strikingly distinct from some of the outrageous fashions on display in contemporary New York yet he is respected ans one of the most enduring authorities on fashion today. His simple and discreet way of living as embodied by his spare and modest studio in Carnegie hall (a stark contrast in itself) illustrates Cunningham's principles on fashion itself: "It's not the celebrity, the spectacle, it's the clothes."

What is also insightful is how tends and set and grow organically out on the street, not on some fashion runway (although it remains a fascination for Bill). The idea that fashion is not just for the rich and famous, but for the everyday person is exemplified by the "bag ladies" of new york, the "water bottle", "baggy jeans", and 80s fashion; it's lovely to see Bill pay tribute to these somewhat eccentric trends in the column that also charts the who's who of high society in New York as if to say "these are our people, and this is our culture, no matter who you are."

Bill is a charming and enigmatic character, still going strong at 80(!) years and heartwarming to see with so much respect amongst his peers. The city of New York is a character itself as always, the variety of fashion and cultures is incredibly rich and entertaining. He shows that there are many good people in high society who donate themselves to charitable and artistic institutions; yet while he becomes involved in that world of riches he remains cautious about becoming too involved dedicating himself solely to the art of fashion.

While Bill concedes he may not have lived the ideal life (and I think the interviewer probes just a little too close), his life remains immensely rich from his friends and connections, one in which he has almost free rein to document his passions, ironically without the material things fashion itself can exemplify. He is such an enigmatic and joyous character that one can only believe his is greatly fulfilled by life, and only wrongly assume, he is missing out on anything.


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