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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

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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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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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A double whammy of story and art
12 April 2014 | by rxforeSee all my reviews

This documentary is one of a kind. The story of an eccentric, possible mentally ill mystery woman and her prolific photographic work. If the move was just about her art, it would be extraordinary, as her work was. The story of her bizarre and secret life just enhance the film. For a first time effort from John Maloof, this one is very well done. The film starts with those who knew her, openly expressing their amazement to her unknown and mysterious life as a street photographer, filled with the images she kept a secret from everyone. You wonder how someone with her talent could keep it a secret for so long. Maloof plays a significant role in front of the camera as it is necessary for him to tell the story. When it is over, you are still left with a sense of disappointment. You know more about this mystery woman, yet you still crave for more..............And, the images still haunt you. This is one movie I will see numerous times.

The showing I attended had Jeff Garlin participate in a Q & A. It was entertaining as he detailed the process and effort Maloof put in to make this gem of a documentary.

The added bonus was my friends brother was in the film. Very exciting.

Please see this film if you can. Please see the photography of Vivian Maier if you can.


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