Bill Cunningham New York (2010) & The Cruise (1998) (double feature)
Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 10-11, 2011:
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
2010, USA, 84 minutes, 35mm, Zeitgeist Films
directed by Richard Press;
featuring Bill Cunningham, Tom Wolfe, Anna Wintour,
Wed & Thu: 7:30 pm
PLUS, on the same double feature:
1998, USA, 35mm, 76 minutes, Lionsgate (Artisan)
directed by Bennett Miller;
featuring Timothy 'Speed' Levitch
Wed & Thu: 9:15 pm
Synopsis of BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK from
Zeitgeist Films' website:
"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 Rockefellerwho 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.
"[A] captivating and moving portrait of a singular man and a passing era Mr. Cunningham finds something creative, life-affirming and free, and preserves it forever. An intimate portrait that feels more found or captured than it does constructed. (Cunningham) is an aesthete and an ascetic, a member of the establishment and a bohemian, and among the last of his kind."
- Carina Chocano, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"It's a real privilege to watch this film!"
- Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"The touching, heart-swelling filmwhich covers the simple life of the city's most beloved shutterbugreminds us that fashion doesn't have to be so serious. It can be fun. It can be frivolous. And, as Mr. Cunningham shows us night after night, it can be a wild adventure."
- Meredith Melling Burke, VOGUE.COM
New Beverly Cinema
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036