Maurice Lynch Music: Make sure you see this great film by Fimmaker Mark Bozek. My song "Tonight Josephine" sang my Legendary Super model Pat Cleveland is featured in the film. Bill Cunningham was no doubt one of the most celebrated society and fahion photographers of his day. I wanted to share some photographs taken by Bill Cunningham of L to R Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, Clavin Klein, Liza Minnelli, Andy Wharhol, Pat Cleveland and Halston.
Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, The Times of Bill Cunningham features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from iconic street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham. Told in Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society.
It’s been almost 4 years since the death of Bill Cunningham, the legendary chronicler of New York street fashion who worked for The New York Times for four decades. Cunningham’s contagious enthusiasm for fashion embraced both runway couture and how real people dress every day to live their lives. According to Cunningham, “The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.”
You may remember those words from the terrific 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York (currently available to stream, and worth it). Watching it, or watching the Cunningham-narrated “On the Street” videos The Times published for years, you just want to hear more from Bill Cunningham. (If you feel like getting emotional, watch his segment on the “glorious sight” of spring in New York from April 2015, the last video in the series, as far as I can tell.)
Thankfully, a new documentary focuses on just that: hearing more from Bill Cunningham. Where the 2010 film told its story in part by following Cunningham through the weekly process of filing his photo features, The Times of Bill Cunningham is based on a 1994 interview taped by the film’s producer, Mark Bozek. Bozek cut the interview with hundreds of photos from Cunningham’s archive (and other archival photos and footage) and a narrative voiceover (by Sarah Jessica Parker). Apparently, the original plan was for a short conversation but the two talked for hours.
“A snapshot of a life that leaves you grateful for having encountered it.”
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“The real strength of Bozek’s film is how much of Cunningham’s own voice it gives us.”
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
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NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL - OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
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