Saturday, April 23, 2011

'Bill Cunningham New York' Movie Review

'Bill Cunningham New York' Movie Review

Written by: Karen Benardello

People often think fashion trends only lie within the designers' minds. However, famed fashion New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham proves them wrong in his new documentary 'Bill Cunningham New York.' The photographer, who began his career over 40 years ago, proves that unless a trend is caught on film, the world isn't going to give it much attention.

The documentary follows Cunningham as he relentlessly chases down the latest fashion trends on the streets, and at high society charity events, across Manhattan. He then incorporates his pictures into his two weekly Style section columns, 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours.' Some of Cunningham's biggest fans, including Vogue editor Anne Wintour, Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller all appear in 'Bill Cunningham New York' to discuss their love for the highly respected, but intensely private, photographer.

Director Richard Press effectively created an amusing, funny and at times, emotional portrait of one of the most famed fashion photographers in the world. Cunningham's fans won't be the only ones who will be intrigued by how he relentlessly and fearlessly goes after the pictures he wants to take; everyone interested in the worlds of fashion, photography and publishing will also be interested in where he gets his column ideas, and how he decides which styles are worthy enough to be featured in his columns.

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