The NYT’s Bill Cunningham heads to the silver screen
Our Sundays would never be complete without The New York Times Styles section. And now, our favorite column, "On The Street" by legendary photographer Bill Cunningham, jumps from the page to the silver screen in Bill Cunningham New York.
The documentary, which opens at the Film Forum tomorrow and runs through March 29, follows the 83-year-old lens man from the bustle of New York Fashion Week to the couture catwalks of Paris and back to his favorite sartorial haunt, Bergdorf Goodman. There, and at intersections all over New York City, Cunningham snaps eye-catching garments on everyone from perfect strangers to the famous faces of Vogue editrix Anna Wintour and style icon Iris Apfel.
The film is a fashion feast with clothes that are both impeccable and outlandish. But it's also full of poignant, unprecedented glimpses into Cunningham's life behind the camera: We learn that he goes to church every Sunday (no matter what part of the world he's in) and that he has a hard copy of every single photo he's ever taken (nope, he doesn't use a digital camera).
If you can't catch the flick, pick up Facades, Cunningham's book of New York's finest architecture and fashion. Originally published in 1978, the book features the wonderfully eccentric Editta Sherman, Cunningham's long-time neighbor at Carnegie Hall.
Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. (between Sixth and Seventh aves.), 212-727-8110 or filmforum.org