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  • Summary: “We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace. (Zeitgeist Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 19, 2011
    100
    Here is a good and joyous man who leads a life that is perfect for him, and how many people do we meet like that? This movie made me happy every moment I was watching it.
  2. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    Mar 17, 2011
    90
    If the film suggests that there's something bittersweet about a life dedicated to a single pursuit cultivated with an almost religious fervor, it also stands in awe of its subject's seemingly inexhaustible, self-abnegating capacity to remain attuned to the expression of others.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Mar 14, 2011
    80
    Rarely has anyone embodied contradictions as happily and harmoniously as octogenarian New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 16, 2012
    80
    He lived until recently in bohemian chaos in one of the "artist apartments" in Carnegie Hall, and cares nothing for money or vanity. That's real class.
  5. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Apr 7, 2011
    75
    It's as much a portrait of a kind of artist as it is a document of a city's evolving sense of style.
  6. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Apr 21, 2011
    75
    Shows us a man who not only derives great pleasure from devoting himself to his job but also, in the process, has helped shaped the greatest city in the world.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 15, 2011
    60
    Anyone curious about the man behind the lens may find this doc, like its subject, frustratingly opaque and out of reach. Those interested in witnessing a true NYC eccentric document everyday-people city life one outfit at a time, however, will feel like this has been tailor-made.

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  1. Jan 4, 2012
    10
    Bill Cunningham can
  2. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    Personally, The world needs more people like Bill Cunningham.This man portrays how to be truly carelessly satisfied with the pleasure of happiness in his own individual way without being a burden to anybody ,neither to himself. Expand