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Bill Cunningham New York

Bill has the eye: You must. You really MUST.

I have always been a lover of the art-house, tiny cinema genre of film.  The kind of movies that rarely make it into the mainstream and are rented at the independent local video store.  This afternoon, as a guilty pleasure, mini popcorn in hand, I took in a matinee screening of Bill Cunningham New York, the documentary about the famed eccentric New York Times photographer and fashion columnist.  

The film observes the 80+ year old Cunningham as he navigates New York on his bicycle, shooting street fashion in the mornings, editing his images, writing his columns and photographing society events in the evenings.  It is a character study of a humble, hard-working and unassuming city anthropologist; his passion has not waned over the years, his enthusiasm for discovering trends and capturing fashion in real life still all consuming.  Through candid interviews with his many muses and industry contemporaries, you are able to understand why over the span of his career, he is respected for his vision, integrity and kindness.  Truly a MUST SEE.

“A lot of people have taste but very few are daring to be creative.” – Bill Cunningham Watch the trailer here

One of Cunningham's favourite muses, the eccentric Iris Apfel describes herself as "the oldest living teenager." Playing dressup in her closet would be TDF (to die for).

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