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Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

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A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian Maier Vivian Maier ... Herself (archive footage)
John Maloof ... Himself - Narrator
Daniel Arnaud Daniel Arnaud ... Himself - Interview Subject
Simon Amédé Simon Amédé ... Himself - Interview Subject
Maren Baylaender Maren Baylaender ... Herself - Interview Subject
Eula Biss Eula Biss ... Herself - Interview Subject
Bindy Bitterman Bindy Bitterman ... Herself - Interview Subject
Roger Carlson Roger Carlson ... Himself - Interview Subject
Phil Donahue ... Himself - Talk Show Host
Karen Frank Karen Frank ... Herself - Interview Subject
Dayanara Garcia Dayanara Garcia ... Herself - Interview Subject
Howard Greenberg Howard Greenberg ... Himself - Gallery Owner
Sylvain Jaussaud Sylvain Jaussaud ... Himself - Interview Subject
Patrick Kennedy Patrick Kennedy ... Himself - Interview Subject
Virginia Kennedy Virginia Kennedy ... Herself - Interview Subject
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Real estate agent John Maloof explains how a trip to a local auction house, in search for old pictures to use for a history book about his neighborhood, resulted in him bidding and winning a box full of old negatives. John goes through the massive quantity of negatives, describes how impressed he is by the quality of the images, becomes quickly determined they are not reverent to his project and just puts them away. That could have very likely had been the end of the story, if the power of the images had not pushed him to fall in love with photography. John confides that his photo hobby quickly motivated him to set up a darkroom and devote large amounts of time printing. As he learned more about photography, he recognized that those negatives he had bought, then stored, were the work of a real master. In an attempt to confirm his suspicion, he selected about 100 images and put them online with the hope that the feedback would confirm his judgement as to the strength of the images. Written by Lane J. Lubell of Cinemashadow.com

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The discovery that rocked the art world.


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USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 April 2014 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fotografia Oculta de Vivian Maier See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,600, 30 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,514,782

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,603,035
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Ravine Pictures See more »
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Color | Black and White (archive material)

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1.85 : 1
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Impeccably executed portrait of a brilliant but flawed artist. Must-watch doc for the year.
13 November 2014 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

Stories of posthumous success are always interesting. Rarely have they been on the scale of Vivian Maier, whose body of work proves that her perspective of the streets is not a fluke. The pictures are staggeringly good yet modest. She had a talent, if not one for printing and promotion. Elusive artists, ones who do it for their own satisfaction, are pretty fascinating. You think art should be one of those things that begs as much attention as possible. That was Vivian's enemy. Fortunately, or unfortunately for her, director John Maloof knows how to spread the word. Upon finding her photos and setting up galleries for them, he set out on a journey to find out more about her. He probes into all her facets. Her brilliance, her quirks, and her flaws. Perhaps Maloof shouldn't have had the gall to include himself, but he acts as an antithesis to Vivian. Almost an antagonist to her goal. It's a great dynamic that guides the film in a great way. Thoroughly entertaining, enlightening and engaging documentary with a beautiful score to boot. Finding Vivian Maier is easily of the best documentaries of the year.

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