Bill Cunningham New York – April 10
Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 10th at 5:40 pm for Bill Cunningham New York at the Landmark E Street Cinema . Look for Brian wearing a green “Life is Good” t-shirt in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion. Bill Cunningham is obsessively interested in only one thingâ€”the pictures he takes that document the way people dress. â€œWe all get dressed for Bill,â€ saysÂ Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirÃ©es for theÂ New York Times Style section in his columns â€œOn the Streetâ€ and â€œEvening Hours.â€ Bill has lived in the same small studio above Carnegie Hall for fifty years, never eats in restaurants and gets around on a worn-out bicycleâ€”his sole means of transportation. The contradiction of his monk-like existence and the extravagance of his photographic subject matter is one aspect of his private life revealed in the movie. Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefellerâ€”who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunninghamâ€™s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn,Â 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. For links, film synopsis, and further details, visit the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club homepage .