Movie review: ‘Bill Cunningham New York’ celebrates fashion, high and low
Spend any time on the streets of Manhattan, especially around 57th and Fifth Ave., and you’re likely to catch a glimpse of a slight, white-haired man in blue French workman’s jacket tooling around astride a vintage Schwinn bicycle with cameras hanging from his neck.
That would be Bill Cunningham, a bona fide, 80-something New York institution who for decades has pedaled around town clicking photographs of the city’s high-fashion nabobs and its most stylish sartorial rebels.
As a peripatetic New York Times lensman, Cunningham has for decades turned out two hugely influential weekly photo columns in the newspaper’s Style section – “On the Street,” about ordinary New Yorkers and what they wear, and “Evening Hours,” focusing on star-studded parties and charity events.
An astute chronicler of the city’s fashion scene, high and low, Cunningham says he wields his camera like a pen. “I use it to take notes.”
“Bill Cunningham New York” is documentarian Richard Press’s admiring look at the egalitarian photojournalist’s tireless work ethic, his endless curiosity and passion for fashion, his unique status on the city’s cultural scene and – as much as the reticent subject will allow – his virtually monastic lifestyle that leaves little room for anything beyond work.
Cunningham’s generosity and his utter lack of pretense are legendary and have won him legions of fans in both the fashion establishment and the downtown fringe crowd. Many make talking-head appearances to sing his praises – including the philanthropist Annette de la Renta, white-suited author Tom Wolfe, society doyen Mrs. Vincent Astor and the imperious Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who pays the ultimate compliment by saying, “We all get dressed for Bill.”
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