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Movie Review: Bill Cunningham New York

Alternate Title: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Story: I have no interest in fashion but will religiously look at Bill Cunningham's photo essay each Sunday in the Style Section of the NY Times. His magic eye captures the pulse of the city through color, style and flare. This thoroughly entertaining documentary directed by Richard Press is a treasure - as is it's subject.

Bill Cunningham is 82 and still works tirelessly both day and night. The documentary team followed him for two years and this intimate portrait of a very humble man is most revealing. While Mr. Cunningham covers the rich and famous he exudes modesty and humility. He seems to have been unfazed by the razzle and dazzle that presents itself to him each day.

He rides an old bicycle around town in his famous $20 laborer's jacket (he likes all of the pockets) and shoots at will. He is compared to a war photographer in his zeal, professionalism and dedication.

New York City is a pedestrian's paradise. You can walk anywhere and just maybe, will see, or be seen, by the ubiquitous Bill Cunningham. Check out Bill Cunningham's 'On the Street' voice on the NY Times website here. http://video.nytimes.com/video/2011/03/18/fashion/100000000732760/onthestreet.html. Go the the NY Times style section to see the latest on Bill Cunningham. http://www.nytimes.com/pages/style/index.html

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYqiLJBXbss

Predilection: I like documentaries.

Trivia: I was lucky enough to see Bill Cunningham while taking my own photos at a charity event for The Floating Hospital - http://www.thefloatinghospital.org/main_page.html at the Central Park Zoo on June 20, 2011. I took a photo of Mr. Cunningham while he was taking a photo for the Sunday Style Section. Fun.

Critters: One sleeping dog in the de la Renta household.

Food: Mr Cunningham does not cook. He eats simple, inexpensive food. On camera he ate an egg, sausage and cheese sandwich with a cup of coffee and a sandwich at a small bistro in Paris.

Opening Titles: All titles at the end.

Visual Art: A delightful montage of the BIg Apple and Paris.

Theater Audience: Six other people and us. One of the producer's aunts was in the audience. She was very proud.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: I always root for the big screen but it is not in widespread release.

Length: 90 minutes